Difference between revisions of "Category:Welterweight Division"
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Adapted from horse racing terminology, the ‘welter’ division first came into being in America in order to bridge the gap between light and middle and was initially seen as being between 140 and 146lbs. Paddy Duffy is generally recognised as the first bare-knuckle champion under London Prize Ring Rules after beating Bob Lyons by an 11th-round kayo in April 1884 (Boston, Massachusetts).
Having successfully defended the title against Bill Young, via a second-round kayo win in March 1886 (Baltimore, Maryland), he next claimed to be the division's first Marquess of Queensberry Rules' (MoQ Rules') champion, but that claim was disputed by Johnny Reagan, albeit at a heavier weight
140lbs to 146lbs (1887 to 14 April 1898)
140lbs to 148lbs (On 14 April 1898, Mysterious Billy Smith extended his welterweight claim to take in 148lbs)
135lbs to 147lbs (On 11 February 1909 in London, the NSC formally stipulated that the lightweight class limit would be 135lbs and that the new welterweight division would be set at 147lbs)
140lbs to 147lbs (On 15 November 1922, the NBA launched the junior welterweight class for men between 135lbs and 140lbs)
1917-09-03 September (145lbs) Ted Kid Lewis nd-drew 10 Soldier Bartfield, Queensberry AC, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York. According to Lewis (145) the first five rounds were his by a fair margin, and in the fifth Bartfield (144½) was dropped by a cracking right to the jaw. Up again quickly, Bartfield took the fight to Lewis, slinging in punches from all angles right through to final bell. So good was the action that the pair were matched again, eight days later, at the Airdome AC, Rochester, New York on 11 September. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that if Bartfield could find the punch the title could well change hands, which was not quite true, as Bartfield came in at 146lbs ringside. This time round Lewis (145½) was far too good for his rival, winning the ten-round no-decision in the eyes of the press after finding Bartfield’s face time and again with the left jab. On 4 February 1918, with both men inside 145lbs, Lewis risked his crown against Johnny Tillman (nd-drew 6 at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and the latter’s showing was so good that he earned himself a title shot over the championship distance a short while later.
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