1890-06-26 (107lbs) Tommy Spider Kelly w co 3 (finish) Benny Murphy, St Mark’s Place, Centreport, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA

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1890-06-26 (107lbs) Tommy Spider Kelly w co 3 (finish) Benny Murphy, St Mark’s Place, Centreport, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Dominick McCaffrey. Although billed for the American 105lbs title, with two-ounce gloves agreed upon, it had more to do with the 107lbs championship. Forcing the fight from the opening bell, Kelly (106½) dropped Murphy (105½) several times in the third before knocking the latter out when he was unable to rise from the canvas.

Another fight for Kelly that was initially thought to have been made at 105lbs came against Tommy Russell at the Knickerbocker Gardens, Hoboken, New Jersey on 16 September. Called a ten-round spar by the New York World and a fight to the finish by the Brooklyn Eagle, it was certainly more than just a spar, with Russell, who was badly cut, being stopped two minutes into the 11th round after taking a pounding. Although set for ten rounds, the referee had allowed another session to take place for reasons best known to himself. Despite Kelly being thought to weigh in the region of 108lbs to his opponent’s 111, the next day he posted $1,000 with the Police Gazette and announced that he would fight anybody in the world at 105lbs. However, we can find no further evidence of Kelly ever again making that weight following this date.

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