1894-04-09 (134lbs) Walter Eyles w co 14 (20) Walter Butler, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1894-04-09 (134lbs) Walter Eyles w co 14 (20) Walter Butler, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. In a match made at 134lbs, and described as one of the best seen at the club, Butler (133) was put down by a right to the head in the third round before coming back well with body attacks that unsettled the taller Eyles (133). Although appearing to be weakening Eyles pulled out a big right to the jaw to floor Butler in the 13th, the latter being lucky to make it to the bell. However, in the 14th it took all of Butler’s strength just for him to stand up, it coming as no surprise when he was counted out after taking a tremendous right to the jaw.

On winning, Eyles took over Butler’s English title claim at the weight.

Further to this there were several English championship competitions which produced winners, such as Harry Webster (who outpointed Ginger Stewart over four rounds at St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London on 21 April), Eyles (who outpointed Webster over four rounds at the Central Hall, Holborn, London on 20 October), Arthur Locke (who eliminated Eyles from championship status when outpointing his rival over four rounds at the Central Hall on 6 April 1895 before outpointing Tom Ireland over three rounds at Newmarket sometime in September 1895) and Ireland (who outpointed Alf Bannister over three rounds at the NSC on 13 May 1895 prior to outscoring Ted Ware over four rounds at the same venue on 13 January 1896).