| Event type

Middleweight (≤158 pounds), Men

Date27 October 1908
LocationNorthampton Institute, Clerkenwell
Participants10 from 3 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

This class produced the bext boxing of the day, with three Frenchman and the Australian, Reginald “Snowy” Baker, contesting the title against six British boxers. The last four ABA Champions were present - John Douglas (1905), Arthur Murdoch (1906), Rube Warnes (1907 and 1910), and William Childs (1908-09, and 1911).

The final came down to Douglas and Baker, and was described as the best match of the tournament. The first round was even. Douglas knocked Baker down in round two, but he continued in a closely fought battle. However, Douglas hung on in round three to win on points. Douglas was presented his gold medal by his father, who was then the President of the ABA. John Douglas, the son, was actually better known as a cricketer and later captained Essex County and England teams. He and his father died tragically in a sea disaster returning from Finland in December 1930.

Snowy Baker is the greatest all-around athlete ever produced by Australia. He competed at the 1908 Olympics in boxing, diving, and swimming. In addition to those three sports, he represented Australia at the international level in rugby union and water polo. He was also state or national caliber in cricket, track & field athletics, and rowing. In December 1908, he was appointed referee for the Jack Johnson vs. Tommy Burns heavyweight professional bout, which was held in Sydney, but Johnson objected to Baker’s snow-white hair (hence his nickname), and he was replaced. Baker later became a movie star and stuntman.

1John DouglasGBRGold
2Snowy BakerANZSilver
3William PhiloGBRBronze
4Rube WarnesGBR
5Bill ChildGBR
=6Arthur MurdochGBR
=6Charles MorardFRA
=6René DoudelleFRA
=6Gaston AspaFRA
=6Bill DeesGBR
DNSS. de NèveFRA

Round One (27 October 1908)

Winner of each match advanced to the second round.

Match #1 1 Bill ChildGBR Gaston AspaFRA 2Retired (Round 2)
Match #2 Snowy BakerANZ Bill DeesGBR Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #3 3 William PhiloGBR 4Arthur MurdochGBR Decision (2 - 1)
Match #4 Rube WarnesGBR Charles MorardFRA Knock Out (Round 2)
Match #5 John DouglasGBR René DoudelleFRA Knock Out (Round 1)

Quarter-Finals (27 October 1908)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Snowy BakerANZ Bill ChildGBR Decision (– - –)
Match #2 William PhiloGBR Bye
Match #3 Rube WarnesGBR Bye
Match #4 John DouglasGBR Bye

Semi-Finals (27 October 1908)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Snowy BakerANZ William PhiloGBR Knock Out (Round 1)
Match #2 John DouglasGBR Rube WarnesGBR Knock Out (Round 2)

Final Round (27 October 1908)

Match 1/2 John DouglasGBR Snowy BakerANZ Decision (– - –)