1888-12-31 (160lbs+) Alf Mitchell w pts 12 Ted O’Neill, Lyceum Theatre, Liverpool, England
1888-12-31 (160lbs+) Alf Mitchell w pts 12 Ted O’Neill, Lyceum Theatre, Liverpool, England. Reported in the Sporting Life as a contest to decide the catchweight championship of Lancashire it was really the English title that was involved. It was close and hard-fought, with Mitchell (161) hitting very straight, concentrating on the body, while O’Neill (168), who was not in the best of condition, gave it everything. It was only in the last few rounds when O’Neill weakened that the Cardiff-born Mitchell took over, the paper stating that finer a contest was never witnessed.
Earlier in the year there had already been three catchweight championship competitions, Mitchell outpointing Alf Ball over four rounds at the Pelican Club, Soho, London on 4 June, Toff Wall outpointing Mitchell over four rounds at the Royal Aquarium Theatre, Westminster, London on 8 December and Ted Burchill also outpointing Mitchell at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, London on 15 December. The last contest had originally been set for three rounds, but because there was little to chose between them at the end of the third the referee ordered an extra round to be boxed.
In 1889 Mitchell came back to win a championship competition when he outpointed Charlie Bartlett over four rounds at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington High Street, London on 16 March. That was followed by Jim Haines (who forced Jack Welland to retire in the first round at the Pelican Club, Denman Street, Soho, London on 1 April and then outpointed Alf Bowman over four rounds at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 30 May), Bill Chesterfield Goode (who forced O’Neill to retire in the first round at the Royal Agricultural Hall on 27 April) and Ted White (who outpointed Bat Mullins over four rounds at the same venue on 27 April 1889) also winning championship competitions.