1873-01-07 (160lbs) Charley Davis w co 14 (finish) Scotty McConnell, Albert Austin’s Blomfield Street Rooms, London, England
1873-01-07 (160lbs) Charley Davis w co 14 (finish) Scotty McConnell, Albert Austin’s Blomfield Street Rooms, London, England. Billed for the 160lbs Bow Cup and English championship, Davis (160) started well and had the taller McConnell (157) down in the opening round before the latter got even in the third. The Mile End man was soon back in harness and in the fifth he put McConnell down with a left to the side of the head. Both men were tiring by the ninth and in that session as well as the 11th Davis had his man over, but McConnell was not yet done. However, after two even rounds, Davis jumped on McConnell right at the beginning of the 14th and dropped him with a heavy right to the head before delivering the finisher when the latter attempted to get up. It was reported that Davis was badly out of condition, his best fighting weight being a good stone lighter. Regarding championship competition winners at the weight, Jack Madden outpointed George Hope over three rounds at the Hall of Science, St Luke’s, London on 12 January 1875 and a few months later, on 26 July, Young Griffiths outscored Florrie Barnett over three rounds at the Running Grounds, Hackney Wick, London on 26 July. Strangely, there was not another championship competition winner at the weight until Jim Kendrick outpointed Alf Mitchell over three rounds at the Waites Brewer Street Rooms, Soho, London on 26 October 1887. This was followed by Charlie Bartlett, who forced Josh Alexander to retire in the first round at the Royal Aquarium Theatre, Westminster, London on 23 February 1889.