1890-02-18 (154/156bs) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey w rtd 28 (finish) Billy McCarthy, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA
1890-02-18 (154/156bs) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey w rtd 28 (finish) Billy McCarthy, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Hiram Cook. Made at 154/156lbs, the fight was delayed when it was discovered that the air had been let out of the regulation five-ounce gloves. It eventually went ahead with more stuffing inserted and weighing in the region of three to four ounces. There was plenty of good fighting during the first 20 rounds, with the men getting off heavy punches from both hands, but beyond that period it was evident that McCarthy (151½) was weakening, especially from body blows. Following a few rounds of little activity, when Dempsey (147½) picked it up in the 26th McCarthy was belted all over the ring. Knocked down four times in the 27th and twice in the 28th, even though McCarthy was a beaten man he continued to get up, and it was only when Dempsey implored the referee to stop the carnage that the Englishman’s corner finally pulled their man out.
With Dempsey in the driving seat at 154lbs it was reported in the Sporting Life on 27 August that he had been challenged for the world title at 158lbs by the Irish Lad, Jack Burke. Dempsey responded by saying he would not fight above 154lbs.
Later in the year, on 14 October, in England, Alf Mitchell stated in the Sporting Life that as Bill Chesterfield Goode had failed to turn up the previous day to make a match to decide the English 154lbs championship he would box any man who would match his deposit. The offer was immediately snapped up by Ted Pritchard.