1886-11-08 (118lbs) Tommy Warren w disq 12 (finish) Patsy O’Leary, Muldraugh Hill, Kentucky, USA

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1886-11-08 (118lbs) Tommy Warren w disq 12 (finish) Patsy O’Leary, Muldraugh Hill, Kentucky, USA. Contested in skin-tight gloves at 118lbs, both were inside the weight with Warren reported to be the world champion. There was nothing much between them until the sixth round when O’Leary’s face was covered in blood from a lip wound, but Warren failed to take the initiative and there was a lull in the action until the 12th. The contest came to an end after O’Leary claimed a foul and left the ring, only to be disqualified when the referee failed to allow it.

Following Warren v O’Leary, the English title at the weight was claimed by Bill Baxter (June 1887) and Pudney Sullivan (who won a championship competition on 3 October 1887 when he outpointed Enos Handley over three rounds at the Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London).

Meanwhile, another English title claimant, Fred Johnson, won two championship competitions when twice outpointing Tom Euston over three rounds (the first occasion being in Snaresbrook, Essex on 31 October 1887 and the second coming a week later at the Pelican Club, Soho, London on 7 November 1887).