1899-01-10 Tom Sharkey w co 10 (20) Charles Kid McCoy, Lenox AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA
1899-01-10 Tom Sharkey w co 10 (20) Charles Kid McCoy, Lenox AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Tim Hurst. In a fight not recognised by many as involving the heavyweight championship, McCoy (156) made Sharkey (173) look like a selling plater for much of the time, sending the latter to the floor twice in the third and battering him at will on occasion. It was only Sharkey’s superb conditioning that kept him in the fight up until the middle rounds, but in the eighth he came on strong to drop McCoy heavily with a body punch. Although the referee counted to ‘eight’ McCoy seemed to have been down for well over ten seconds. Having taken a battering in the ninth, McCoy was sent crashing from a left hook to the neck in the tenth and counted out. However, in the din Sharkey had not heard the count, and after McCoy got to his feet the sailor smashed in three vicious blows to drop him yet again. At this point the referee stopped the contest, stating that he had already counted McCoy out on his previous visit to the canvas.
With McCoy losing his claim in this one, it was Sharkey who went on to meet James J. Jeffries in a title decider after he had beaten Jack McCormick by a second-round knockout at The Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 30 January 1899.