1897-02-08 (98lbs) Ted Beach w pts 20 Harry Brodigan, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England

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1897-02-08 (98lbs) Ted Beach w pts 20 Harry Brodigan, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England. Billed for the English 98lbs title, Although both men took time to settle by the fourth Beach (97) began to pull ahead, having cut Brodigan (97) over the left eye. Nearing the end of the ninth, Beach was knocked over by a swinging right to the jaw before coming back strongly to add to his lead. In the 11th Brodigan went clean over Beach’s shoulder for the second time in the fight, prior to being nearly put out in the 12th by a right hand to the jaw. Subsequently, it was all Beach as he rammed punches in on his tough rival, who despite being groggy at times managed to make it to the final bell amidst great applause.

While Beach moved up in weight, Bill Stonelake (who won a championship competition when outpointing Alf Rosser over four rounds at the Public Baths, Holloway, London on 20 March), Clare Market’s Jack Maloney (who won a championship competition when outpointing Wag Hampton over three rounds at the NSC, Covent Garden, London on 10 May) and Rosser (September) challenged all England to decide the championship of the weight class.