1897-02-19 George Chrisp w disq 5 (8) Jem Smith, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England
1897-02-19 George Chrisp w disq 5 (8) Jem Smith, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Referee: Ed Plummer. On undertaking to stop Chrisp (164) inside the distance Smith (188) had great difficulty in catching the fleet-footed northerner, who showed that he was able to keep on the move and keep his distance in the early stages. Having had little success, Smith completely lost his head in the fifth round. After cornering and cutting up Chrisp with rough tactics while continually taking no notice of the referee’s call to break, Smith paid the consequences when being disqualified.
Although there was no title billing, it not being contested over a championship distance, this did not stop Chrisp from claiming the English title despite scant support.