1914-11-02 Freddie Welsh nd-w rsc 9 (10) Ad Wolgast, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1914-11-02 Freddie Welsh nd-w rsc 9 (10) Ad Wolgast, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Billy Roche. Made at 135lbs, with both men inside the weight at the 3pm weigh-in, the ringside scales had Welsh scaling 136lbs and Wolgast at 135½. Earlier, Welsh had claimed that in Europe championship contestants were asked to make 135lbs eight hours prior to the contest, while the Frawley Law, regulating boxing in New York, called for a ringside weigh-in. He went on to say that as the champion he would determine the time of the weigh-in not anyone else. Apart from the second round when Wolgast was able to work on the inside with both hands, with Welsh controlling the fight the challenger’s right eye was bleeding badly by the fourth after he had been continually speared by stiff left jabs. It got worse. Unable to match Welsh’s superb footwork Wolgast was often left floundering, and at the end of the eighth, in which he was given a merciless drubbing, he was retired having broken his right arm in the previous round.

On 9 November, at the Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Welsh allowed Charley White (133) to enter the ring inside 135lbs in what was advertised as a title fight despite it being held at catchweights. For the record, Welsh, who weighed in at 141lbs, lost the ten-rounder on points as far as the press was concerned.

In his next contest Welsh took on Lockport Jimmy Duffy (nd-l pts 10 at the Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York on 19 November). Originally thought to be contracted for 135lbs with a 3pm weigh-in, it is now clear that Welsh called for 137lbs ringside because he recognised that Duffy was really a welterweight trying it on.

When Welsh met Fred Yelle (w pts 12 at the Atlas AA, Boston, Massachusetts on 24 November), the Boston Post reported that with the latter making the weight the champion’s title was at stake. The paper went on to say that Welsh had a pull in the weights, which was a clear indication that he was above 135lbs, while Yelle was inside 135lbs.

Another fight for Welsh that was made at 135lbs, 3pm weigh-in, came against Young Abe Brown (nd-w pts 10 at The Arena, Syracuse, New York on 26 November). While the Syracuse Herald indicated that the latter had made the weight there was nothing in the paper to suggest that the champion had.

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