1887-01-14 (148/150lbs) Jim Kendrick drew 12 Jack Hickey, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England

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1887-01-14 (148/150lbs) Jim Kendrick drew 12 Jack Hickey, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Made at catchweights, although Kendrick (143) slipped down in the first round he was soon in the thick of the action before Hickey (149) came on strong with body punching paving the way forward for him. In the eighth, after Kendrick was put down by a right to the jaw, on rising in a dazed state was at Hickey’s mercy but survived. At this stage Hickey appeared to be in front and even though Kendrick slightly improved in the tenth it was still a surprise when both judges voted for a draw when the fight had been concluded. It was said that Kendrick, who put up his 148lbs English title claim in this one, had been suffering from a bout of influenza prior to the fight.

Following the fight Hickey was challenging the world at 148lbs, and in the 6 June edition of the Sportsman he was called the English 150lbs champion.

Another man to win a championship competition, this time at 150lbs, was William Brown who outpointed Bill Cheese over three rounds at the Imperial Theatre, Westminster, London on 22 February. Brown had been the ABA middleweight champion in 1884.

Coming into 1887 two coloured fighters in America, Johnny Banks and Ed Binney, were both claiming the ‘black’ middleweight title at around 150lbs. Banks (144) was the first to get going when taking on James Desverney (146) in a finish fight with kid gloves that took place somewhere in NYC, New York on 26 January. While Desverney won the so-called title on a ninth-round disqualification, that was reported to be a sparring match by at least one paper, he does not appear to go anywhere with it. Meanwhile, Binney beat Jim Keyes (w rtd 6 at the Early AC, Boston, Massachusetts on 31 January) to gain general recognition among the black community.

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