23 November (108lbs) Harry Ware w co 10 (20) Johnny Thomas, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
23 November (108lbs) Harry Ware w co 10 (20) Johnny Thomas, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Billed for the English 108lbs title, Ware was four pounds overweight so the bout went on at catchweights, and having all the advantages in height reach and weight he made them pay. With Ware the better boxer, Thomas was always up against it, but he never gave up the cause and the Mile End man had to be at his best to hold him off. However, by the ninth, Thomas was almost worn out from his exertions and in the tenth Ware took over completely before knocking his man out.
Despite losing, Thomas (106) claimed the title by forfeit, but was usurped by Con Barrett, who outpointed him over three rounds to win a championship competition at the Excelsior Baths, Bethnal Green, London on 2 January 1897. On 30 March 1897, Walter Croot challenged all England, Thomas and Harry McDermott preferred, and on 21 October 1897 after hearing that Croot was fighting America’s Jimmy Barry for the world title, Albert Gould announced that he would be claiming the English 108lbs championship.