1879-04-22 Tom Allen drew 24 (finish) Jem Stewart, St James’ Hall, Piccadilly, London, England
1879-04-22 Tom Allen drew 24 (finish) Jem Stewart, St James’ Hall, Piccadilly, London, England. Referee: Charles Conquest. Billed for the world title under MoQ Rules and using gloves, virtually all the bout was contested in Stewart’s corner as the Scot merely waited for Allen (184) to come to him. It seemed that Allen, who was the odds on favourite at the end of the tenth, could win as he pleased and had Stewart (170) just where he wanted when bell to end the 14th rang. However, he failed to take advantage of the situation and the fight became a huge disappointment with just four punches being struck in rounds 21 to 24. At that stage, because the owners had stated that the hall had to be vacated by 11pm, the referee brought matters to a halt and it was only after the participants had met the following day at the offices of the Sporting Life that a draw was announced. Allen returned to the USA in May 1880.