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Freddie Welsh
Global ID11878
sexmale
birthdate 1886-03-05
death date 1927-07-29 (41)
divisionlightweight
height5′ 7″   /   170cm
reach68½″   /   174cm
aliasThe Welsh Wizard
country United Kingdom
residenceNew York, New York, USA
birth placePontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom
birth nameFrederick Hall Thomas
won 74 (KO 34) + lost 5 (KO 1) + drawn 7 = 87
rounds boxed 972
Newspaper Decisions won 47 : lost 24 : drawn 10
rounds boxed 701
Total Bouts 168 KO% 20.24
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1922-04-15Archie Walker3-1-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USALPTS1010
1921-08-22Clonie Tait19-3-1
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaDPTS1010
Billed as for the British Empire Lightweight Title.
1921-08-17Bert Forbes16-13-31
Victoria Pavilion, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWPTS1010
referee: Freddie Lowes
1921-05-05Tommy (Kid) Murphy
Morristown, New Jersey, USAWTKO210
referee: Jack Dempsey
1921-05-03Willie Jackson23-6-6
Summit, New Jersey, USAWKO8
1920-12-28Willie Green3-1-1
Newark, New Jersey, USAWTKO412
1917-05-28Benny Leonard32-4-0
Manhattan Casino, New York, New York, USALTKO910
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
World Lightweight Title
Welsh down 3 times in 9th

1917-05-01Johnny Kilbane44-3-7
Manhattan Casino, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Billy Joh
Kilbane won the newspaper decision. (NY Sun gave Kilbane 9 of ten rounds, NY Times gave Kilbane 8 of ten rounds.)
1917-04-24Chick Simler3-1-0
Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Simler from Scranton Republican, Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader
Welsh refused to weigh in

1917-04-20Rocky Kansas25-2-1
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALNWS1010
Source: Buffalo Boxing Record
1917-04-17Battling Nelson59-19-22
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWNWS1212
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule
"Welsh was too clever for Nelson and was not hit solidly more than half a dozen times." (Nevada State Journal)

1917-01-16Richie Mitchell5-0-1
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
referee: Walter Houlehan
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
1916-11-24Eddie Wallace12-2-0
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLNWS1010
referee: Billy Roche
Wallace won the newspaper decision. (Montreal Gazette) Of three newspapers present at ringside all gave the nod to Wallace by varying degree.
1916-11-20Buck Fleming7-1-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Fleming received the newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1916-11-03Frankie Maguire2-0-0
Mishler Theatre, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Altoona Mirror reported that Welsh allowed Maguire to do all the leading, but nevertheless won the bout by a slight margin. The Pittsburgh Post and Philadelphia Record also had Welsh winning.
1916-10-28Ben Allen
Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1010
Welsh's opponent is reported as "Red" Allen of Brooklyn. This is the third in a series of bouts put on for the Canadian Red Cross Fund.
1916-10-26Mike Ward
Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaWTKO4
referee: Billy Roche
Ward was a late sub for a New York fighter.
1916-10-25Bobby Wilson6-5-1
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWTKO710
referee: Billy Roche
Welsh's favourite referee, Billy Roche, stopped the fight when Welsh landed numerous blows at will on the local boy.
1916-09-25Kid Scaler13-6-17
Victoria Pavilion, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaDNWS66
referee: Ed Carsey
Officially No Decision, but local papers called it a draw.
1916-09-22Harry Anderson6-2-9
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS44
World Lightweight Title
Referee Eddie Carsey of San Francisco was also Welsh's sparring partner. Seattle Daily Times

1916-09-04Charley White60-6-3
Ramona A.C. Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USAWPTS2020
referee: Billy Roche
World Lightweight Title
Just before the fight got underway, a section of the arena gave way; two people were killed and hundreds more injured. Welsh back-pedaled throughout the bout while White was the aggressor. When the referee gave the decision to Welsh a riot broke out. The fighters, referee, sports writers and others were forced to seek cover under the wood platform.

1916-07-28Benny Leonard24-4-0
Washington Park A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
In the sixth round, Welsh landed the best punch of the fight, a right on Leonard's jaw that nearly put him down. NY Times, NY Journal, NY Herald, World, Tribune, and American each had Welsh winning clearly; NY Sun & AP had Leonard.
Philadelphia Ledger (Billy Rocap) also had Welsh. Trenton Times had Welsh way in front. "...WELSH TOO CLEVER FOR HARLEM BOXER; Champion Lightweight Beats Leonard Decisively in Bout at Washington Park..."New York Times. The majority opinion was that Welsh had clearly won.

1916-07-04Ad Wolgast58-9-11
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USAWDQ1115
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule

1916-06-08Tommy Lowe34-9-21
Capitol City A.C., Ardmore, Maryland, USAWPTS1010
1916-05-03Frankie Maguire2-0-0
Chestnut Street Auditorium, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from Harrisburg Telegraph (Maguire), Harrisburg Independent (Welsh), Harrisburg Patriot (draw)
1916-04-24Ever Hammer16-2-4
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
Welsh and his manager claimed the fighter injured his hand in an early round. The doctor of the boxing commission proclaimed it a bruise, not a break as Welsh claimed.

1916-04-07Richie Mitchell5-0-1
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
"Welsh forced the milling throughout the contest, Mitchell frequently meeting Welsh with lefts to the face and body. Some of the writers were of the opinion that Mitchell had a shade, while others thought a draw might be the better decision. Welsh appeared entitled to a slight advantage because of his forcing the contest from start to finish. He blocked numerous leads of the Milwaukee boy and left the ring without a mark. The first and second rounds were devoid of damage. In the third Welsh upset Mitchell with a left hook to the jaw. The fourth was even. Mitchell had the honors in the fifth and sixth. In the seventh Welsh caused Mitchell to bleed freely from the mouth and had the Milwaukee boy tiring. The eighth ended even. Welsh had a slight advantage in the ninth and in the tenth rocked Mitchell twice with right hooks to the jaw." (Nevada State Journal)

1916-03-31Benny Leonard24-4-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Billy Roche
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule.
Newspaper decision for Leonard from NY Evening Telegram, Robert Edgren (NY Evening World), NY Sun, NY Times, W.O. M'Geehan (NY Tribune).

1916-03-24Frank Whitney21-10-7
Harlem S.C., Harlem, New York, USAWTKO6
New York Evening Telegram 25 March 1916
1916-03-21Phil Bloom6-2-0
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Welsh won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post) New York City newspapers also favored Welsh (Jack Kincaid).
1916-03-06Ad Wolgast54-8-11
Arcadia Rink, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
1916-01-25Johnny Griffiths13-2-3
Akron, Ohio, USALNWS1212
referee: Walter C Kelly
Newspaper decision from the Lima Daily News
1916-01-17Eddie McAndrews
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
referee: Frank O'Brien
"Welsh clinched frequently to save himself." Fort Wayne Journal Gazette McAndrews won the newspaper decision according to both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1916-01-01Frank Whitney21-9-7
Casino Skating Rink, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy Roche
Welsh gave Whitney a "boxing lesson." (Atlanta Constitution)
1915-12-13Jimmy Murphy1-0-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
"Freddie Welsh, the lightweight champion, was outfought in a six round bout here tonight by Jimmy Murphy (..) They met at catch weights and appeared to be several pounds above the lightweight limit. Although Welsh was the cleverer of the two, his work was marred by frequent clinching. Murphy was very aggressive and led in every round after the first. In the second round he cut Welsh's lip with a hard left, and in the fourth staggered the champion with a right cross to the head, Welsh saving himself by clinching." (Washington Post) Both Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger reported Murphy to be the winner.
1915-12-09Benny Palmer5-7-2
Memphis, Tennessee, USADNWS88
"Both boxed cleverly and at no time did either appear in serious difficulty." (Newark Advocate)
1915-11-15Johnny O'Leary26-7-18
Amphitheatre Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWNWS1212
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule. Welsh won the newspaper decision
"In a twelve round bout here tonight, Welsh led in nine rounds in the opinion of ringside critics." (Nevada State Journal)

1915-07-03Charley White50-5-2
Brighton Beach A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
"Five rounds were White's, four went to Welsh, with honors even in one." (Indianapolis Star)
1915-06-18Johnny Lustig4-4-1
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Welsh was better. (New York Times)
1915-05-24Frankie Fleming39-4-4
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWNWS1010
referee: Dick Roche
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule. (Manitoba Free Press) The Montreal Star gave Welsh the newspaper decision.

1915-04-20Red Watson17-12-11
Hudson, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
1915-04-09Billy Wagner15-4-12
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee

1915-03-27Johnny Lustig4-2-1
Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDNWS1010
Fight was even
1915-03-24Patsy Drouillard1-4-1
Windsor A.C., Windsor, Ontario, CanadaWNWS88
"Welsh had everything his own way for five rounds. In the last three the Canadian carried off the fight to the champion and earned an even break." Source: Racine Journal-News
1915-03-17Hal Stewart20-1-2
Majestic Theatre, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWNWS1010
referee: E.W. Dickerson
Newspaper decision from the Fort Wayne News
1915-03-11Willie Ritchie21-7-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Billy Roche
Source: NY Times; 2 pm weigh-in
1915-02-25Charley White44-5-2
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
World Lightweight Title
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule

1915-02-15Jimmy Anderson12-4-1
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWNWS66
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule
Welsh "easily defeated" Anderson. (Atlanta Constitution)

1915-02-09Joe Shugrue22-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Billy Joh
"(Young) Shugrue, Jersey City lightweight, again proved too much for Freddie Welsh, world's champion of that class." (Nevada State Journal). Newspaper decision favored Shugrue (various New York City newspapers, Jack Kincaid).
1915-02-01Johnny Griffiths10-2-3
Akron, Ohio, USALNWS1212
referee: Matt Hinkel
Newspaper decision from the Elyria Chronicle. Buffalo Courier-"Griffiths outpointed Welsh according to the majority of newspapermen who saw the fight."
1915-01-26Willie Beecher15-4-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy Roche
Beecher was late sub, original opponent Charlie White called off day before; Newspaper decision from New York Times
1914-12-02Joe Shugrue22-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Billy Roche
"Shugrue outfought and outboxed Welsh in eight of the ten rounds. The third round was even while Welsh had the better of the seventh." (Gazette and Bulletin) (New York Times) A survey of New York City newspapers also showed that Shugrue was the winner (Jack Kincaid). Welsh's lightweight title was not at stake because Shugrue weighed over the limit.
1914-11-26Young Abe Brown10-4-0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWNWS1010
World Lightweight Title
Although a no-decision bout Welsh's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule
Welsh won the newspaper decision. (Indianapolis Star)

1914-11-24Fred Yelle17-1-4
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
1914-11-19Lockport Jimmy Duffy21-0-2
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALNWS1010
Duffy won the newspaper decision. (Indianapolis Star)
1914-11-09Charley White43-5-2
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
referee: George Duffy
Newspaper decision for Welsh from Al S. Harvey (Milwaukee Free Press; 4-2-4), Jack Fetzer (Milwaukee Journal), Burdette O. Kirkham (Milwaukee News), Peleg Swann (Milwaukee Sentinel), Ed W. Smith (Chicago American), Sherman R. Duffy (Chicago Journal), Otto Floto (Denver Post), Ed Dickerson (Denver Times), Ed Curley (New York American). Newspaper decision for White from Sam P. Hall (Chicago Examiner; 2-1-7), Charles Michelson (Chicago Examiner), Billy Birch (Chicago Herald), Oscar C. Reichow (Chicago Daily News). A draw from Manning Vaughan (Milwaukee Sentinel), Thomas S. Andrews (Milwaukee Leader), Ben F. Steinel (Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin), Ray C. Pearson (Chicago Tribune), Frank A. McInerny (Chicago Evening Post), Charles Dean (Associated Press), United Press.
1914-11-02Ad Wolgast51-4-10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO810
Wolgast broke a small bone in his right arm and could not continue after the eighth
1914-10-27Matty Baldwin85-22-53
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
World Lightweight Title
1914-07-07Willie Ritchie21-6-11
Olympia, Kensington, London, United KingdomWPTS2020x3
referee: Eugene Corri 86½-85½
World Lightweight Title (This was the first World recognised Lightweight title fight)
Western Times - Wednesday 08 July 1914

1914-05-25Joe Mandot38-8-5
Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWNWS1010
referee: Dick Burke
The New Orleans Times-Picayune had Welsh the winner by one round. The New Orleans Item scored it a draw and reported that another local paper scored it a draw. It was a closely contested bout. Mandot floored for no-count in the fifth when he was caught "going backward" and off balance.
1914-04-28Leach Cross25-5-3
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
1914-03-17Mexican Joe Rivers17-4-2
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS2020
1914-02-26Lockport Jimmy Duffy19-0-2
Saint Louis, Missouri, USALNWS88
Duffy "had the better of Freddie Welsh, the English lightweight champion." (Indianapolis Star)... and Welsh was down once. (Sydney Morning Herald).
1914-01-29Leo Kelly6-4-3
Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWNWS88
"Freddie Welsh, champion of England, defeated Leo Kelly, of St. Louis, after eight rounds of snappy boxing here. Welsh was the aggressor from the start and never in danger, blocking Kelly's hard uppercuts with ease." (Washington Post)
1914-01-26Earl Fisher0-0-1
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
"Before the Price Hill Athletic Club at Music Hall last night, Freddie Welsh, of England, defeated Earl Fisher, of Cincinnati, in a snappy ten-round bout. The men are lightweights, but did not weigh in. Welsh appeared to have about ten pounds the advantage. Fisher put up a plucky battle and his friends were highly pleased with his showing. Welsh won by his superior ring generalship, being able to hit Fisher at will and make him miss as he pleased. Fisher was as fast as a race horse and hit the Welshman in the right place on several occasions, but there was not enough of steam behind Earl's blows to stagger Welsh. Fisher being a local boy, the sports were anxious to see him make good and he received lots of encouragement. Every clean punch Earl landed brought loud applause, and had the Cincinnati lad put Welsh down, the Queen City crowd would have torn the roof of the historic old Music Hall." (Newark Advocate)
1914-01-15Mickey Sheridan4-2-3
Kansas City, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
1914-01-10Sam Robideau10-0-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and on wire. The Philadelphia Record called it a draw.
1914-01-06Frank Whitney16-6-7
Armory Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWPTS1010
1914-01-01Johnny Dundee11-0-2
Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWNWS1010
"Dundee was accredited with having the best of the first two rounds, Welsh showed superiority in the fourth, eighth and tenth rounds, and the others were even." (Atlanta Constitution) Newspaper decision from the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Herb Goldman).
1913-12-05Arthur Ellis2-8-4
Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWKO5
1913-11-25Phil Bloom3-1-0
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Welsh "outfought and outboxed" Bloom. (Nevada State Journal)
1913-10-20Milburn Saylor17-7-6
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWDQ9
1913-10-13Leo Kossick19-1-6
Billings, Montana, USAWPTS1212
1913-10-08Dick Hyland43-21-8
Butte, Montana, USAWPTS1212
referee: Duncan McDonald
1913-07-22Martin Murphy1-0-0
Fernie, British Columbia, CanadaWKO3
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