1887-02-09 (122lbs) Tommy Warren w rtd 9 (finish) Bob Haight, Albany, New York, USA
1887-02-09 (122lbs) Tommy Warren w rtd 9 (finish) Bob Haight, Albany, New York, USA. Billed for the American 122lbs title, Warren (118) scored first blood with a knockdown in the opening round, and fighting with great judgement he had Haight (121) on the brink at the end of the eighth. The fight, which was contested in small gloves, ended when the badly dazed Haight, sent down in the ninth from a right swing to the jaw, refused to continue.
Over in England, men to claim the title at the weight were Dave Burke (the winner of a championship competition when outpointing Bill Baxter over three rounds at the Royal Aquarium Theatre, Westminster, London on 22 February 1887), Tommy Withers (who challenged the world on 25 February 1888), Tom Euston (who challenged the world on 12 April 1888), and Fred Johnson (the winner of a championship competition when outpointing Pudney Sullivan over four rounds on 14 April 1888).
A proposed English title fight between Johnson and Withers was called off when the latter was arrested on 10 September 1888, prior to Johnson winning another championship competition when outpointing Baxter over four rounds at the Royal Aquarium Theatre on 8 December 1888.