1917-04-17 Freddie Welsh nd-w pts 12 Battling Nelson, Future AC, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD
1917-04-17 Freddie Welsh nd-w pts 12 Battling Nelson, Future AC, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Smith. The Chicago Tribune reported that Welsh (135) retained his title with a clear-cut win over the former champion, Nelson (132), who despite being on the receiving end of the champion’s punches never stopped coming forward. Gliding away from punches while not being hit solidly more than half a dozen times, Welsh, also showing punishing power with the left jab, was the master when it came to infighting.
Taking part in no-decision contests as a means of keeping ring-rust away, further risk fights where Welsh scaled above 135lbs but allowed his opponents to make the weight came against Rocky Kansas (nd-l pts 10 at the Queensberry AC, Buffalo, New York on 20 April) and Chick Simler (nd-l pts 10 at Eddie Burke’s Club, Scranton, Pennsylvania on 24 April), Kansas scaling 131lbs and Simler 134.