1887-08-15 (144lbs) Arthur Bobbett drew 13 (12) Sam Baxter, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England
1887-08-15 (144lbs) Arthur Bobbett drew 13 (12) Sam Baxter, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Referee: J. T. Hulls. With Bobbett billed as the English 144lbs champion, despite a lack of billing and weights his title claim would almost certainly have been at stake regardless of him not pursuing it. Bobbett, the heavier by about ten pounds, made the running but Baxter was always hitting back, and from the sixth round it was give and take all the way. Interestingly, an extra round was contested in order for the judges to find a winner.
On 26 November, George Wilson won a 144lbs championship competition when outpointing Anthony Diamond over three rounds at the Peter Street Grand Circus, Manchester. While Diamond looked to have well won it, Jim Kendrick, who was also claiming to be the English 144lbs champion, went to America in May 1888 to further his claim.