1887-03-31 (144lbs) Anthony Diamond w pts 10 Sam Baxter, St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London, England

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1887-03-31 (144lbs) Anthony Diamond w pts 10 Sam Baxter, St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London, England. Referee: B. J. Angle. Although contested at catchweights, Diamond (144), the former ABA lightweight and heavyweight champion who was making his official pro debut, defeated Baxter (130), and within a week he was already claiming the English 144lbs title. It was later reported to have been for the world 144lbs title as well as involving the English version. According to the papers of the day, Diamond won six rounds, Baxter two, with two even, Diamond using his extra weight to good advantage to take the verdict from the two judges at ringside. However, it was Baxter who was the closest to winning when he dropped Diamond with a right swing to the head in the sixth before his adversary was saved by the bell after being stunned by another big right at the end of the seventh.

Earlier, there had only been championship competitions held at the weight, which are listed herewith. On 23 December 1882, Charlie Mitchell outpointed Dick Roberts at St George’s Hall, Westminster, London in the final of Billy Madden’s heavyweight competition. Mitchell (143) was deemed to have outscored Roberts (142) when receiving the referee’s casting vote. Strangely, Mitchell and Roberts were the two lightest men in a competition that included 21 entries. In 1883, Bill Natty (outpointed Jack Donoghue over three rounds on 23 January at the St Andrew’s Hall), George Wilson (outpointed Ching Ghook over three rounds at the Alexandra Rink, Nottingham on 29 May) and Jim Picton (outpointed Ghook over three rounds at the Blue Anchor Public House, Shoreditch, London on 26 November). Come 1884, Toff Wall (outpointed Tom Picton over three rounds at the Blue Anchor Public House on 15 February), Arthur Cooper (outpointed Jack McFarlane over three rounds at the St Andrew’s Hall on 29 February and then Jim Picton at the Blue Anchor Public House on 7 December).

On 26 February 1885, after the Sporting Life reported Wall to be the English 144lbs champion he went on to outpoint Ted Burchill over three rounds at the Blue Anchor Public House on 21 January 1886 to win an English championship competition at the weight.

Further activity in championship competitions at 144lbs came later in the year when Baxter outpointed Burchill over three rounds at the Blue Anchor Public House on 16 December, and repeated that performance over the same opponent at the same venue on 19 January 1887.

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