1901-02-11 (140lbs) Pat Daly w co 12 (15) Johnny Hughes, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1901-02-11 (140lbs) Pat Daly w co 12 (15) Johnny Hughes, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the English 140lbs title, after four fairly even rounds Daly (139½) was staggered by a right hand in the fifth until doing likewise to Hughes (138) just before the end of the session. The seventh saw Hughes on shaky legs early on before he was put down twice more, and although he held his own for the next few rounds the Londoner was badly hurt in the 11th prior to being saved by the bell. The 12th was full of incident. After Hughes rebounded off the ropes and his lower body somehow came into contact with Daly’s knee he went to the floor in pain, crying foul. With the referee ignoring his plea as he was unsighted and Hughes back on his feet, the latter was hit with two further blows to the stomach prior to going to the floor to be counted out.

The next day Hughes’ father refused to hand over the agreed side-stake, something that had never happened at the NSC before. Incidentally, the weights shown above and the result were supplied by the Sporting Life, while the Mirror of Life claimed Daly to weigh 137½lbs to Hughes’ 138½ and the contest to have been stopped by the referee.

Meanwhile, Daly made repeated challenges to the world at 140lbs without ever making that weight again. On 30 October, Daly was challenged by Bill Chester, but that also came to nothing.