1887-12-12 (118lbs) Tommy Warren drew 20 Ike Weir, Washington Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
1887-12-12 (118lbs) Tommy Warren drew 20 Ike Weir, Washington Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Referee: John Barnes. Billed as being for the championships of Britain and America, and a fight that would settle the 118lbs world title, it was contested in two-ounce gloves and called a draw after neither man achieved complete supremacy, despite Warren (116¼) being cut up badly. If the fight had lasted any longer Weir (117½) would surely have won as at that stage of the contest he was the stronger and was handing out terrific punishment.
Meantime, in England Bill Baxter and Fred Johnson were joined as claimants by Tim Buckley on 3 April 1888. Earlier, Baxter had consolidated his claim when winning a championship competition when outpointing Harry Williams over three rounds at the Champion Hotel, St Luke’s, London on 23 February 1888, having eliminated Pudney Sullivan at an earlier stage.
On 26 July 1888, the Sporting Life reported that Baxter should be considered as the English 118lbs champion. But on the same day, the same paper also credited Sullivan as being the champion.