1898-02-25 (154lbs) Anthony Diamond w pts 12 Dido Plumb, Olympic Club, Birmingham, England
1898-02-25 (154lbs) Anthony Diamond w pts 12 Dido Plumb, Olympic Club, Birmingham, England. Referee: John S. Barnes. Although the final of an 154lbs championship belt competition, with Diamond, having his final bout, and Plumb being acknowledged by most as the best two men in the country the result was seen as settling the championship. Plumb was the first to make a move, using both hands to head and body before Diamond could find any sort of rhythm, and in the third round the latter’s right eye was cut. By the fifth Diamond had got his left hand working well while scoring a mass of points He was also avoiding Plumb’s rushes better than before. From there on to the final bell it was Diamond’s left hand holding up Plumb, who tried on numerous occasions to find his adversary’s jaw without too much success. At the conclusion, both judges decided that Diamond’s better boxing warranted the verdict.
On 6 September, when Diamond confirmed that he was retiring Plumb reclaimed the title.