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Matt Wells

BORN   December 14 1886; Walworth, London, England
DIED June 27 1953; London, England
HEIGHT.. 5-4
WEIGHT 133-147 lbs
MANAGERS..
George McDonald, Alf Levy, Dan Morgan

Wells was a tough, durable and determined warrior; He showed great promise early in his career and worked hard towards becoming a top fighter; His effort won for him - the Welterweight Championship of the World, the Welterweight Championship of the British Empire, the Welterweight Championship of Britain and the Lightweight Championship of Britain

During his career, Matt defeated such men as Freddie Welsh, "Philadelphia" Pal Moore, Owen Moran, Ray Bronson, Tom McCormick, Johnny Basham, Hughie Mehegan, Gus Platts, Charley White and "Bermondsey" Billy Wells

*** SOME AMATEUR BOUTS ***

1906
          -Wells won the ABA Lightweight Championship of Britain

1907
          -Wells won the ABA Lightweight Championship of Britain

1908
          -Wells won the ABA Lightweight Championship of Britain


*** PROFESSIONAL BOUTS ***

1909
Nov  4 Battling LaCroix           London, Eng                         W 10
Dec 20 Bob Russell                London, Eng                         W 10

1910
Jan  3 Gunner Hart                London, Eng                        KO  6
Jan 10 Dick Lee                   London, Eng                         W  6
Feb 19 Sid Stagg                  London, Eng                         W 10
Mar 14 Jack Turner                London, Eng                         D 20
Apr 14 Young Nipper               London, Eng                         D  6
May  5 "Smiling" Eddie Kelly      Yonkers, NY                        ND 10
May    Eddie McMahon              Yonkers, NY                        ND 10
Jun    Dick Miller                Yonkers, NY                        ND 10
Jun 28 Charlie Lawrence           New York, NY                       ND 10
Jul  5 Billy Leary                New York, NY                       ND 10
Jul 19 Johnny Dohan               New York, NY                       ND 10
Aug  8 Paddy Sullivan             New York, NY                       ND 10
Sep 14 Jimmy Howard               New York, NY                       WF  9

1911
Feb 27 Freddie Welsh              London, Eng                         W 20
          -Lightweight Championship of Britain
Jun  2 Leach Cross                New York, NY                       ND 10
Jun 13 "Philadelphia" Pal Moore   Boston, Ma                          W 12
Jul 19 "Fighting" Dick Hyland     Albany, NY                         ND 10
Jul 28 Willie Moody               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Aug 30 K.O. Brown                 New York, NY                       ND 10
Sep 20 Abe Attell                 New York, NY                       ND 10
Oct  5 Billy Donovan              Toronto, Ont, Can                  KO  5

1912
Apr 26 Packy McFarland            New York, NY                       ND 10
Jun  5 "Young" Abe Brown          New York, NY                       ND 10
Jun  7 Bobby Wilson               Utica, NY                          ND 10
Sep 16 Hugh Mehegan               London, Eng                        LF 14
Nov 11 Freddie Welsh              London, Eng                         L 20
          -Lightweight Championship of Britain
Dec 26 Johnny Basham              Swansea, Wa                        KO  7

1913
Feb 24 Hughie Mehegan             London, Eng                         W 20
Aug  9 Hughie Mehegan             Sydney, NSW, Aus                    W 20
Sep 27 Owen Moran                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                    W 20
Nov  8 Hughie Mehegan             Melbourne, Vic, Aus                 L 20
Nov 29 Harry Stone                Sydney, NSW, Aus                    L 20

1914
Jan 17 Herb McCoy                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                    L 20
Feb 28 Ray Bronson                Sydney, NSW, Aus                   TK  7
Mar 21 Tom McCormick              Sydney, NSW, Aus                    W 20
          -Welterweight Championship of the World;
           Welterweight Championship of the British Empire;
           Welterweight Championship of Britain
Oct 12 Young Nipper               London, Eng                         W 15

1915
Jan 21 Gus Platts                 Liverpool, Eng                      W 15
Mar 22 Johnny Basham              London, Eng                         L 15
Jun  1 Mike Glover                Boston, Ma                          L 12
          -Welterweight Championship of the World
Jul 13 Young Neil                 Allentown, Pa                      ND 10
Aug  7 Willie Schaeffer           New York, NY                       ND 10
Oct 29 Charley White              Milwaukee, Wi                      ND 10
Nov 19 "Young" Abe Brown          New York, NY                       ND 10
Nov 25 Steve Latzo                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov 29 Johnny Griffiths           Akron, Oh                          ND 12
Dec 10 Johnny Dundee              New Haven, Ct                       L 10

1916
Jan  4 Charley White              Boston, Ma                          W 12
Feb 29 Johnny Griffiths           Columbus, Oh                       ND 12
Mar 20 Charley White              Cincinnati, Oh                     ND 10
Apr  6 Charley White              Kansas City, Mo                     L 15
Apr 18 Eddie Murphy               Boston, Ma                          W 12
May 16 Johnny Dundee              Boston, Ma                          L 12
Jun  9 Frankie Mack               Rochester, NY                      ND 10
Jul 11 Charley White              Boston, Ma                         LT  5

1917
Apr 10 "Lockport" Jimmy Duffy     Buffalo, NY                        ND 10
May  1 Walter Mohr                Albany, NY                         ND 10
May 25 "Lockport" Jimmy Duffy     Hamilton, Ont, Can                 ND 10
Jun 19 Kid Curley                 Buffalo, NY                        ND 10
Aug 27 William Bryan Downey       Rochester, NY                      ND 10
Sep 17 William Bryan Downey       Columbus, Oh                        L 15
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Sep 28 Frank Nelson               Syracuse, NY                       ND 10
Oct  5 Charley White              Syracuse, NY                       WF  9
Oct  9 Young Maxwell              Albany, NY                         WF  4
Oct 29 "Harlem" Eddie Kelly       Pittsfield, Ma                      W 10

1919
Oct 20 Kid Carter                 London, Eng                         W 20
Nov 13 Johnny Basham              London, Eng                         L 20
Dec 26 Ted "Kid" Lewis            London, Eng                        LT 12

1920
Mar 18 Phil Bloom                 London, Eng                         L 15
Apr 24 Ted Moore                  Plymouth, Eng                       L 20
May  8 "Bermondsey" Billy Wells   London, Eng                         W 15
Jun  4 Fred Newberry              London, Eng                         W 20
Jun 13 Gus Platts                 Sheffield, Eng                      W 20
Jun 26 Joe Attwood                London, Eng                        TK  5
Aug  7 Ted Moore                  London, Eng                        LF 13
Nov 27 Kid Plested                Wallsend, Eng                      KO  6
Dec 11 Joe Davis                  Brighton, Eng                      TK 10

1921
Sep  2 "Seaman" James Hall        Plymouth, Eng                       L 15
Oct 31 Senior Carlos              London, Eng                        TK 13
Dec 29 Ted Moore                  London, Eng                         L 15

1922
Apr 17 Stanley Glen               London, Eng                         W 15
May 12 Jack Hart                  London, Eng                         W 15

*** Assistance Was Provided By Tony Triem ***

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

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