1880-02-26 Alf Greenfield w disq 20 (finish) Jem Stewart, Kings Road Baths, Chelsea, London, England

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1880-02-26 Alf Greenfield w disq 20 (finish) Jem Stewart, Kings Road Baths, Chelsea, London, England. Referee: Charles Bedford. Although not billed as a championship contest, following his victory Greenfield (157) was claiming the English heavyweight title. Although he slipped down in the opening session it quickly became noticeable that Greenfield was far too good for Stewart (166) and even when his right hand was disabled in the third he continued to outclass his rival. Apart from the tenth, when Stewart made a bit of a showing, Greenfield went further ahead using just one hand, the fight ending when he was deliberately thrown in the final session. On 19 May 1881, Jack Burke outpointed William Coddy Middings over three rounds at The Griffin Public House, Shoreditch, London to win a championship competition, while Tug Wilson challenged all England and claimed the title on hearing that Greenfield had retired in April 1882. Following that, in America Richard K. Fox matched Wilson against the bare-knuckle champion, John L. Sullivan, who promised to halt Wilson, with gloves over four rounds at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 17 July 1882. Wilson, who won the decision and $9,000 by dropping to the floor 27 times in all, was contracted to return to the States to fight Jimmy Elliott, Joe Goss and Sullivan but failed to honour the agreement with Fox and, in doing so, made it extremely difficult for other British fighters to acquire American backers in the future. Back in England, Charlie Mitchell won a championship competition when outpointing Dick Roberts over three rounds at St George’s Hall, Mayfair, London, on 22 December 1882, and not long after was reported to be the English champion by the Sporting Life before signing to fight Sullivan at Madison Square Garden on 14 May 1883. Scheduled for four rounds with gloves, the bout was stopped in the third when Mitchell was knocked off the stage, which coincided with the arrival of the police. The next month, back in England, Greenfield won Jem Mace’s championship competition when outpointing Jack Burke over three rounds at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester on 29 June, prior to meeting John L. Sullivan in two losing four rounders with gloves in America the following year.

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