1888-03-16 (112lbs) George Camp w co 12 (12) Joe Farrell, London, England

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1888-03-16 (112lbs) George Camp w co 12 (12) Joe Farrell, London, England. Referee: George Dunning. Contested in the City of London, despite there being no title billing attached later boxing gossip gave it as a successful defence of Camp’s English 112lbs title. In a battle of clever men Farrell started the better, dropping Camp with a great left to the jaw in the first round, and for the opening six sessions he showed up remarkably well. However, from the seventh onwards it was nearly all Camp, his power and precision grinding the 17-year-old Farrell down, and in the 12th the latter was counted out after being dropped by a left to the jaw. Although continuing to challenge the world at the weight, by early 1890 Camp had moved up a division.

Men who won 112lbs championship competitions in England during 1888 included Phil Ocker (who outpointed Tom Goodson over three rounds at the Queen Adelaide Public House, Whitechapel, London on 31 March), Arthur Wilkinson (who outpointed Ted Jones over four rounds at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, London on 14 April), Curly Perrin (who outpointed Alf Gower over three rounds at The Globe, Mile End, London on 15 November), and Little Bill Goode (who outpointed Nunc Wallace over four rounds at the Royal Aquarium Theatre, Westminster, London on 8 December).

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