1914-12-02 Freddie Welsh nd-l pts 10 Joe Shugrue, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1914-12-02 Freddie Welsh nd-l pts 10 Joe Shugrue, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Billy Roche. Billed for the title and calling for both men to make 135lbs at the 3pm weigh-in, it was a fast bout that never looked likely to end inside the distance despite Shugrue (133½) forcing the action most of the way. Although the challenger gave his man very little space to work in, for the title to change hands it was up to Shugrue to make things happen and although getting in some heavy shots he was unable to move his rival, Welsh (133½) being content to clinch, trade jabs and play safe through to the bell.
On 1 February 1915, Welsh took on Johnny Griffiths (nd-drew 12 at the Summit County Rink, Akron, Ohio) in a match made at 135lbs. Although Welsh, estimated to weigh in the region of 140lbs, refused to go on the scales Griffiths was safely inside the weight, thus putting himself in with a chance of winning the title.