Matt Wells (boxer)

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Matt Wells with the National Sporting Club lightweight Lonsdale belt
Matt Wells with the National Sporting Club lightweight Lonsdale belt

Matthew "Matt" Wells (14 December 1886 – 27 June 1953) was a professional boxer in the welterweight (147lb) division.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Walworth, London and died in London.

Amateur career[edit]

During his amateur career, he won four consecutive ABA Lightweight titles (1904–07).

Olympics[edit]

He competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. In the lightweight event he was eliminated in the quarter-finals after losing to Frederick Grace who later won the gold medal.

Professional career[edit]

Wells turned pro in 1909. In 1911 in London he defeated Freddie Welsh in a twenty round fight to win the lightweight championship of Great Britain and take home the Lonsdale belt.[1]

On April 26, 1912 he lost to Packey McFarland at Madison Square Garden, in New York City.[2]

In 1914 he won the World Welterweight title by defeating Tom McCormick by 20 round decision. Wells also defeated Owen Moran and Abe Attell in his career.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twenty-round Fight. Matt Wells Lightweight Champion Of Great Britain". Montreal Gazette. February 28, 1911. Retrieved 2010-11-07. "Matt Wells won a twenty round fight tonight from Fred Welsh for the lightweight championship of Great Britain and the Lonsdale belt The ..." 
  2. ^ "Packey M'Farland Whips Matt Wells. English Lightweight Champion Outclassed by Chicago Stock Yards Boxer.". New York Times. April 27, 1912. Retrieved 2010-11-07. "Packey McFarland of Chicago removed all doubts as to how he compares as a boxer with Matt Wells, the English lightweight champion, at Madison Square Garden ..."