1877-11-27 (140lbs) Soldier Robinson w co 7 (finish) Tom Stockley, Islington Green Hall, Islington, London, England

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1877-11-27 (140lbs) Soldier Robinson w co 7 (finish) Tom Stockley, Islington Green Hall, Islington, London, England. Referee: J. Jenn. Made at catchweights, almost from the opening bell it was clear that Stockley, a long-time amateur who was making his pro debut, was overmatched when he was nearly knocked out of the ring in the first round. In the second Stockley was knocked off the stage before going down without taking a punch and trying unsuccessfully to claim a foul, while the third only lasted 50 seconds after both men fell out of the ring together. Having picked up a cut left eye when coming into contact with the ropes, Robinson chased Stockley all over the ring in the next three sessions, the latter going down twice without being hit in the sixth. It could not go on much longer the way it was, and in the seventh Stockley was floored twice before being knocked out by a right to the jaw one minute into the round.

Robinson was now claiming to be the first 140lbs gloved champion of England, although both he and Stockley were thought to be inside 132lbs. Robinson’s nickname was ‘Three-Finger Jack’ due to him having a missing finger on his right hand. Following Robinson v Stockley, Tug Wilson challenged the world at 140lbs on 20 March 1878, being followed by Tom Brown (29 June 1878) and William Sherriff (23 April 1879) who challenged all England at the same poundage.