1880-11-29 (140lbs) Andrew McLaren w co 7 (finish) Tom Donnelly, Wallace’s Irongate Gym, Glasgow, Scotland
1880-11-29 (140lbs) Andrew McLaren w co 7 (finish) Tom Donnelly, Wallace’s Irongate Gym, Glasgow, Scotland. Made at catchweights with both men inside 140lbs, McLaren (137) had too much for Donnelly (139), being well clear by the seventh when the latter weakened badly. Coming into that session McLaren quickly got down to business, and after Donnelly had made it to his feet, having been floored by a right to the jaw, another similar blow to the same spot saw him counted out. McLaren’s claim to the English title remained intact but not much more is heard of him.
However, there were plenty of 140lbs championship competition winners, including Jim Steadman (who outpointed Harry Mead over three rounds at the Five Inkhorns Public House, Shoreditch, London on 5 December 1881), Arthur Cooper (who outpointed George Roberts over three rounds at the Goldsmith’s Arms, Clerkenwell, London on 23 January 1882), Dick Roberts (who outpointed Cooper over three rounds at the St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London on 2 October 1882), Owen Hannon (who outpointed Bill Chesterfield Goode over three rounds at the Old Mile End Gate Tavern, Whitechapel, London on 19 January 1883) and Jim Kendrick (who outpointed Sam Baxter over three rounds at the Blue Anchor Public House, Shoreditch, London on 12 October 1885).
Although the bare-knuckle fighter, Jim Berry, had been claiming the English 140lbs title since February 1885, Johnny Robinson was also challenging all and sundry throughout 1885. But it was Kendrick who was seen to be the best bet at the weight following his win over Baxter.