28 March (102lbs) Harry McDermott w co 7 (20) Jack Guyon, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England
28 March (102lbs) Harry McDermott w co 7 (20) Jack Guyon, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England. Referee: Ed Plummer. Billed for the English 102lbs title, neither man wasted much time in getting going and although Guyon (101½) was much taller than McDermott (102) the latter looked very strong at the weight. The first six rounds saw Guyon picking up the points with some tidy boxing, but at the start of the seventh it was noticeable that McDermott meant business. Making a play for Guyon’s stomach and ribs finally produced dividends that McDermott took full advantage of when dropping the Londoner twice with rights to the jaw, the second occasion being for the full count.
Another billed 102lbs title bout for McDermott (101¾), this time against Ted Beach (101½), had to be cancelled following the weigh-in after Beach went down with gastro-enteritis on 28 November 1898.