Category:Australian Lightweight Title Contests

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Weight Limit: 140lbs

1884

7 June George Powell W RTD 7 Young John King, Victoria Hall, Melbourne

1885

30 March George Powell DREW 2 Chris Dunn, The Hippodrome, Sydney. The crowd invaded ring After Dunn appeared well beaten. Having knocked out Paddy Moran inside 12 rounds at Foley's White Horse Gym on 27 May, Hall, still seen as a novice, would get his chance to take on Powell for the title

31 August Jack Hall W RTD 4 George Powell, Athol Gardens, Sydney

12 November Mick Nathan W RTD 8 Jack Hall, The Paddocks, Essendon. Nathan was still calling himself the Australian lightweight champion in early 1887, but due to his inactivity, Hall, Peter Boland and Tom Meadows all laid claim to the title

1887

21 March Peter Boland W CO 13 Jack Malloy, Sydney

12 April * Jack Hall DREW 47 Young Mitchell, Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney. It was reported that Hall had been knocked out by Jim Burge inside three rounds at Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney sometime in 1888 but as yet there is no firm evidence of that fight taking place. Hall left for America in August 1887 before moving on to New Zealand for a while

27 April Tom Meadows W CO 10 Jack Fuller, Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney

3 September * Peter Boland DREW 40 Young Mitchell, Albury

14 September Tom Meadows W CO 17 William Baxter, Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney. Meadows left for the USA shortly afterwards

12 November Jim Burge W PTS 6 Jack Fuller, Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney. On winning the final of a lightweight tournament, Burge claimed the Australian title

1888

21 April Peter Boland W CO 12 Pat Carroll, Dandenong. Boland was soon fighting in the next weight class

10 November Ben Seth (137) W CO 2 Jack Hall (136), Melbourne. Seth made no defences as such before retiring

1889

12 January Jim Burge DREW 8 William Baxter, Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney

1 June Jim Burge DREW 39 George Dawson, Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney

28 October Jim Burge DREW 15 George Powell, Skating Rink, Brisbane

1890

24 January * Jim Burge (130) W RTD 22 Sam Baxter (128½), Foley’s White Horse Gym, Sydney

28 April * Jim Burge (130) DREW 50 George Dawson (138), Gymnastic Club, Sydney. Burge refused to meet Dawson in a return match and the latter claimed the title

12 August * George Dawson (135) W CO 20 Shadow Maber (134), Gymnastic Club, Sydney.

25 November * George Dawson (138) W RTD 33 Jim Burge (137), Gymnastic Club, Sydney

1891

28 April * George Dawson (136) W RTD 17 Dummy Mace (132), Gymnastic Club, Sydney.

31 October * Tom Williams (138) W CO 4 George Dawson (136), Athletic Club, Melbourne. Williams sailed to the USA on 19 December 1891 and Jim Barron laid claim to the title

1892

25 July * Jim Barron (139) DREW 22 Young Griffo (128), Darlinghurst Skating Rink, Sydney. Barron, who was nearly a stone heavier than Griffo, left for the USA shortly afterwards.

5 November Tom Tracey (139) W DISQ 3 Dummy Mace (138), Melbourne. Tracey sailed for the USA the following month

8 November * Young Griffo (129) DREW 25 Martin Denny (129), Darlinghurst Skating Rink, Sydney. Denny was described as the Australian 130lbs champion, the weight the contest was made at and Griffo also laid claim to the title on the result

20 December * Young Griffo W PTS 25 Jerry Marshall, Darlinghurst Skating Rink, Sydney. Initially contracted for 126lbs, but contested at 130lbs

1893

28 February * Young Griffo (127½) W DISQ 4 Jerry Marshall (125½), Darlinghurst Skating Rink, Sydney. This one was also contracted for 126lbs but when Griffo was unable to make the weight they went ahead at 130lbs. Griffo sailed for America on 15 May 1893

1894

7 July Dummy Mace DREW 20 Jim Burge, Nathan’s Hall, Melbourne. When neither man defended the title, after four years of inactivity it was claimed by Jack McGowan, Herb McKell and Jim Barron

1898

9 June Jack McGowan W CO 13 Cocker Tweedie, Theatre Royal, Brisbane. This fight was made at 130lbs

11 June Jim Barron (138) DREW 20 Herb McKell (136), Victoria Hall, Melbourne

3 December Herb McKell W RTD 25 Jim Barron, NSC, Sydney. McKell sailed to South Africa in February 1899

1899

8 May Peter Murphy W PTS 20 Tot Higgins, Theatre Royal, Brisbane

1900

15 October Jack McGowan W CO 20 Peter Murphy, Victoria Hall, Melbourne

12 November Tim Hegarty W DISQ 25 Jack McGowan, Democratic Club, Melbourne

17 December Tim Hegarty W DISQ 8 Micko Walsh, Democratic Club, Melbourne

1901

27 February Tim Hegarty W CO 12 Jack Cullen, Theatre Royal, Perth

16 March Tim Hegarty DREW 20 Cocker Tweedie, Miners Institute, Kalgoorlie. Hegarty left for the USA immediately afterwards

1 April Tom Mitchell W PTS 20 Jack McGowan, Democratic Club, Melbourne. Mitchell sailed for the USA on 12 June

22 June Jack McGowan DREW 20 Cocker Tweedie, Miners Institute, Kalgoorlie

14 August Jack McGowan W CO 6 Cocker Tweedie, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Kalgoorlie

30 October Jack McGowan W RTD 5 Tom Denny, Theatre Royal, Perth

1902

3 March Jack McGowan W CO 4 Cocker Tweedie, Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

31 March Jack McGowan DREW 20 Jack Blackmore, Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

21 April Jack McGowan W PTS 20 Matt Mitchie, Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

29 August Jack McGowan (138) W PTS 20 Bob Rollo (139), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

27 October Jack McGowan W CO 15 Charlie Frost, NSC, Sydney

24 November Bob Turner W PTS 20 Jack McGowan, Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

1903

27 January Bob Turner W CO 11 Tim Hegarty, NSC, Sydney

10 March Bob Turner (134) DREW 20 Ed Jessop (130), NSC, Sydney

18 May Bob Turner (136) W PTS 19 Jack McGowan (132), His Majesty’s Theatre, Kalgoorlie. The referee gave the decision at the end of the 19th round by mistake

10 August Bob Turner (135) DREW 20 Tim Hegarty (139), NSC, Sydney

19 October Bob Turner (134) DREW 20 Monty Andrews (135), NSC, Sydney

23 November Bob Turner (134) W PTS 20 Lyn Truscott (135), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

1904

23 February Bob Turner (135) W CO 9 Tim Hegarty (138), NSC, Sydney

31 May Bob Rollo (139) W DIS 6 Bob Turner (135), NSC, Sydney. Following the contest, Rollo packed his bags for South Africa and Turner reclaimed the title, along with Monty Andrews

16 August Monty Andrews W RTD 12 Bill Casey, Theatre Royal, Brisbane. While billed for the title Andrews lacked general recognition

25 August Bob Turner (136) W RTD 4 Jack Cullen (138), His Majesty’s Theatre, Kalgoorlie

28 November Monty Andrews (138) W PTS 20 Bob Turner (135), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

17 December Monty Andrews W RSC 5 Cocker Tweedie, Gaiety Theatre, Sydney. In January 1905 Andrews lost much recognition for his failure to defend against Bob Turner, but continued to claim the title

1905

21 January Bob Turner (134) DREW 20 Ed Jessop (132), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

25 February Bob Turner (134) W PTS 20 Ed Jessop (132½), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

14 March Monty Andrews (138) W PTS 20 Hock Keys (133), NSC, Sydney

11 April Monty Andrews (140) W DISQ 17 Bob Turner (138), NSC, Sydney

20 June Hock Keys (134) W PTS 20 Bob Turner (137), NSC, Sydney

22 August Monty Andrews (137) W PTS 20 Hock Keys (129), NSC, Sydney. Andrews was inactive for the rest of 1905 and Keys reclaimed title

21 November Hock Keys (134) W RTD 5 Charlie Frost (130), NSC, Sydney

1906

23 January Hock Keys (134) W CO 9 Charlie Frost (129), NSC, Sydney. Keys left for America for a series of fights and Bob Greenshields and Lyn Truscott contested the vacant title

17 September Bob Greenshields (139) W PTS 20 Lyn Truscott (138), Cyclorama, Melbourne

2 November Hock Keys (132) W PTS 20 Bob Greenshields (136), Cyclorama, Melbourne

13 November Hock Keys (133) W CO 9 Bob Turner (134), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

29 December Hock Keys (134) W RSC 11 Bob Turner (138), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

1907

23 February Hock Keys (135) W PTS 20 Bob Turner (137), Gaiety Theatre, Sydney

10 April Hock Keys (135) W PTS 20 Bob Greenshields (138), His Majesty’s Theatre, Kalgoorlie

24 June Hock Keys (136) W RSC 18 Bob Greenshields (137), Cyclorama, Melbourne

24 July Hock Keys (136) W PTS 20 Bob Greenshields (134), The Hippodrome, Broken Hill

7 August Hock Keys (135) W RSC 15 Fred Buckland (137), The Hippodrome, Broken Hill

14 October Hock Keys (136) W PTS 20 Frank Thorn (131), Cyclorama, Melbourne

11 November Hock Keys (131) W PTS 20 Hughie Mehegan (133), Cyclorama, Melbourne

1908

2 March Frank Thorn (130) W PTS 25 Hock Keys (131), Cyclorama, Melbourne

27 April Hock Keys (130) W RTD 17 Frank Thorn (128), Great Saucer Track, Melbourne

9 November Arthur Douglas (131) W RTD 15 Hock Keys (131), Cyclorama, Melbourne. Douglas returned to South Africa soon after the contest and Keys reclaimed the title

23 November Lyn Truscott (137½) W PTS 20 Hock Keys (136), Theatre Royal, Broken Hill

14 December Lyn Truscott (135) W CO 9 Bob Greenshields (136), Theatre Royal, Broken Hill

1909

6 February Lyn Truscott (135) W CO 6 Peter Murphy (134), Theatre Royal, Charters Towers

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