1920-08-02 (158lbs) Johnny Wilson nd-w co 5 (10) Steve Choynski, Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, USA

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1920-08-02 (158lbs) Johnny Wilson nd-w co 5 (10) Steve Choynski, Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, USA. Referee: Dick Nugent. According to the Buffalo Morning Express this was a billed title fight at 158lbs in which the southpaw champion handed out a bad beating to Choynski after disappointing in his previous contest. The fight had only just started when a ring post collapsed and both men who were against the ropes fell off the platform, an incident that saw time out being called while repairs were put in place. Wilson was unperturbed and in the second he had Choynski down twice for counts of ‘nine’, both knockdowns coming after he had rammed in a left to the head followed by a right to the body. Having survived, Choynski spent the next couple of rounds covering up, but in the fifth Wilson opened up to knock his man out with a terrific left uppercut to the body, a blow that had been practised several times earlier. Although Choynski’s corner claimed a foul it was not accepted as no indication of a low blow could be found. On 9 December at the Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Canada, an over-the-weight Wilson met George Robinson (158) and although taking the ten-round press verdict was within an ace of losing his title according to certain newspaper reports when suffering two knockdowns and being sent crashing at the start of the fight. Another catchweight contest for Wilson (162) where the opposition was inside 158lbs came against Joe Chip (nd-w pts 10 on 17 January 1921 at the Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), who scaled 158lbs. Articled to meet Navy Rostan at 158lbs at the old Auditorium, Kenosha, Wisconsin on 10 February 1921, Wilson (160¼) was forced to pay forfeit to the so-called challenger before knocking him out in the second round of a no-decision contest. Rostan, who weighed in at 154½lbs, would no doubt have claimed the title had he won. From thereon, the middleweight title would be contested at 160lbs, the NYSAC (on 1 September 1920) and the NBA (on 11 January 1921) in America having fallen into line with the rest of the world.