1878-04-04 Tom Allen w disq 5 (finish) Charley Davis, The Skating Rink, Cambridge Heath, London, England
1878-04-04 Tom Allen w disq 5 (finish) Charley Davis, The Skating Rink, Cambridge Heath, London, England. Referee: Charles Conquest. Billed for the English title and contested in gloves under MoQ Rules, Davis, outweighed by almost three stone, was a badly beaten man when his trainer deliberately entered the ring to automatically get his fighter disqualified. He had been severely hurt several times and had been dropped in the second and fourth before pluckily coming out for the fifth. With little left, Davis was treated to some heavy uppercuts that put him down for three further counts prior to the fight being concluded. Ultimately, Allen (189) had proved far too big for his outgunned rival, the finish being timed at 2.25 of the session.
On 2 December, at Thompson’s Athletic Hall, Melbourne, Australia, Larry Foley and Peter Newton drew over 48 rounds after police stopped the contest due to both men sustaining sufficient punishment, according to the Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser. Stated to be the first finish fight under MoQ Rules in gloves held in Australia, neither man was really a heavyweight, Newton scaling 134lbs and Foley 140. Other reports gave it as a 16-round draw, with the stoppage made because of excessive noise.