Category:Welterweight Division

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Welterweight Division

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). Having successfully defended the title against Bill Young, via a second-round kayo win in March 1886 (Baltimore), he next claimed to be the division's first Queensberry Rules' champion, but that claim was disputed by Johnny Reagan, albeit at a heavier weight

Weight Band/Amendments

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)

140lbs to 150lbs (After Joe Walcott and Young Peter Jackson contested the welter title at 150lbs on 18 June 1903, the new British welterweight class also began operating up to that weight)

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)

1927-07-13 Joe Dundee nd-w pts 10 Billy Drako, Redland’s Baseball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank O’Brien. Not recorded in The Ring Record Book as a title fight, the Cincinnati Enquirer tells us it was advertised and went ahead as such with both men inside 147lbs. Contested in the open air, Drako (147), despite having his left eye virtually closed early on, proved himself to be a tough customer, who, although an easy target, took his punishment unflinchingly without ever being knocked off his feet by Dundee (147). This was the champion’s first contest since winning the title and he showed up as a two-fisted fighter of the old school. Ice cool, he avoided his rival’s swings with some ease and scored accurately, if not sparingly, throughout and was well worth the press decision, while the game Drako received plaudits for staying the course. On 3 November, Dundee, due to defend against Ace Hudkins at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, decided not to enter the ring after the promoter failed to deposit the $60,000 guarantee. Both men had weighed in and Hudkins claimed the title without any real backing after climbing into the ring to show that he was ready and willing. Following a catchweight contest made at 148lbs against the 143lbs Young Jack Thompson at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois on 30 August 1928, Dundee, who was stopped in the second round, forfeited NBA recognition when persistently refusing to defend against either Thompson or the leading contender, Jackie Fields, who were subsequently matched for the vacant NBA title.

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