1891-01-14 (154lbs) Bob Fitzsimmons w co 13 (finish) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey, Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
1891-01-14 (154lbs) Bob Fitzsimmons w co 13 (finish) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey, Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Referee: Alex Brewster. Fighting in an American ring for only the fourth time, Fitzsimmons (150½), a terrific two-handed fighter with immense hitting power, ultimately destroyed Dempsey (147½) to take the title. As early as the seventh round Dempsey looked a beaten man after he was dropped by a body blow, and although he gamely fought back the writing was on the wall. Dropped three times in the tenth, twice more in the 11th and again in the 12th, Dempsey was now completely at the mercy of Fitzsimmons. With Dempsey all at sea in the 13th, two heavy lefts and rights saw the champion floored again before being sent to the boards to be counted out. The final blow was more of a push than a punch, but Dempsey was completely used up, having had his nose broken and taken a battering to head and body.
Later in the year, on 30 November, Ed Binney knocked out Harris Martin inside 25 rounds of a 'black' title match held at the California AC, San Francisco, California. By his victory Binney was generally recognised in America as the 154lbs ‘black’ champion after eliminating one of his main rivals. Despite Binney's win over Martin, when Charles Turner knocked the latter out inside 19 rounds at the Occidental Club, San Francisco on 29 February 1892 he too claimed the 'black' title before going nowhere with it. On 13 November 1892, Joe Butler beat Binney (w co 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) to take over the latter’s ‘black’ title claim, following it up with a successful defence against Frank Craig (w co 2 in Philadelphia on 18 March 1893).