1914-12-25 (116/118lbs) Kid Williams nd-w pts 10 Johnny Daly, Pioneer SC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA
1914-12-25 (116/118lbs) Kid Williams nd-w pts 10 Johnny Daly, Pioneer SC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Williams (116¾), who won all the way, risked his 116/118lbs title claim against Daly (112¾) in this one. Although Daly was on the verge of collapse several times Williams was unable to find the finisher, the former surviving despite taking terrific punishment.
Following this, Williams risked his title in short distance fights at the Olympia AA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania against Jimmy Murray (nd-w pts 6 on 15 February 1915) and Louisiana (nd-l pts 6 on 5 April 1915).
At the end of 1914 it was reported in the Atlanta Constitution that Frankie Burns was claiming the 116lbs version of the title after being presented with a belt by the New Orleans’ promoter, Dominic Tortorich. Ever since Burns had beaten Pete Herman (w rsc 13 at McDonoghville Park, New Orleans, Louisiana on 15 November) in a 20-round contest, Tortorich had been trying to negotiate with Williams over a suitable date without any success. After finally running out of patience, Burns claimed that as it was too difficult for Williams to make 116lbs anymore he would defend his belt against all-comers over 20 rounds.