1916-07-31 Jimmy Wilde w co 10 (20) Johnny Hughes, Athletic Ground, Kensal Rise, London, England - GB/IBU

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1916-07-31 Jimmy Wilde w co 10 (20) Johnny Hughes, Athletic Ground, Kensal Rise, London, England - GB/IBU. Made at 112lbs, and billed for the British, European and world titles, the fight did not attract the Lonsdale Belt as it was held outside the auspices of the NSC. At the same time, Wilde’s European and world title claims were at stake. The contest itself was painfully one-sided as Wilde avoided almost everything coming his way before seeing Hughes off in the tenth round with a right to the jaw. Hughes, whose eyes were badly damaged early on, was warned for low blows that were probably more to do with his lack of vision.

In America, the Young Zulu Kid, inside 112lbs, was now claiming the American title having stopped Jackie Sharkey inside six rounds at the Vanderbilt AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York on 2 June 1916, and would be Wilde’s next challenger in a truly international contest. Articles were duly signed on 8 October, the agreement calling for a contest of 20 three-minute rounds, the use of six-ounce gloves, both to be inside 112lbs, and to be billed for the world title.

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