His first noteworthy success in later life was when, at the age of 20, he knocked out Hock Heyes in the seventeenth round of a twenty-round contest for the Australian light-weight championship . Thereafter, he embarked upon a systematic collection of championships.
Beginning with the Welsh title, which he won from Johnnie Owens in 1907 , he went on to win the light-weight championship of England and Great Britain from Johnnie Summers , a success which carried with it the first gold challenge belt presented by lord Lonsdale . Three years later, in 1912 , Welsh defeated Hughie Mehegan and won the championship of the British Empire and a second Lonsdale Belt to which he soon added a third by defeating Matt Wells for the light-weight championship of Great Britain , thus regaining the title he had lost to Wells in 1911 . Then, in 1914 , Welsh reached the top of his class by defeating Willie Ritchie for the light-weight championship of the World .
Welsh performed many remarkable feats of boxing. In 1907 he fought and knocked out three opponents in one day. These were Evan Evans ( light-weight ), Charlie Weber ( welterweight ), and Gomer Morgan ( heavy-weight ).
In later years Welsh lived in America and became a director of the ‘health farm’ at Bayside , Long Island . He was also director-in-chief of the physical training department , Walter Reed Army General Hospital , Washington, D.C.
He died 28 July 1927 .
Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959