1920-11-26 Benny Leonard w rsc 14 (15) Joe Welling, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1920-11-26 Benny Leonard w rsc 14 (15) Joe Welling, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Johnny Haukup. This was the first time the title had been contested under Walker Law in New York, with the NYSAC requiring both men to be inside 135lbs at 2pm. Looking likely to last the limit, the tough, game and aggressive Welling (135) gave Leonard (134) all the trouble he could handle for 12 rounds before the champion’s class and power began to tell in the 13th. After sustaining a fearful battering, during which he was dropped four times and cracked his head on a ring platform when punched through the ropes, Welling was on the deck when the round ended but was somehow pushed out for the 14th. In trouble from the start, he was dropped twice and was staggering around almost senseless when the referee came to his rescue on the 1.07 mark.