1887-11-16 (133lbs) Jem Carney drew 74 (finish) Jack McAuliffe, Atlantic Hotel, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA

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1887-11-16 (133lbs) Jem Carney drew 74 (finish) Jack McAuliffe, Atlantic Hotel, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA. Referee: Frank Stevenson. Held in a stable attached to the hotel and six miles from Boston, Massachusetts, the fight was contested in skin-tight gloves under MoQ Rules. Despite being down three times in the first round, Carney (128) pulled himself together and started to make the body his target. From the 28th session onwards McAuliffe (130½) started to go to ground to avoid punishment, and from the 70th he was knocked down repeatedly. Carney (128), who had McAuliffe (130½) down and out at the time of the stoppage (due to the ring being broken into by McAuliffe’s supporters), now had a clear claim to the 133lbs title.

After the fight, which had lasted for four hours, 56 minutes, the referee suggested a postponement of up to a week for the bout to be resumed. However, while Carney was in good condition, a couple of days later McAuliffe was under medical care and in no fit state to fight on, leaving the Englishman robbed of the decision.

On 23 December, Mike Daly claimed the 133lbs title following the announcement that Carney had formally retired, and was immediately challenged by Young Jacob Hyams, who also challenged McAuliffe.

In the wake of Carney’s retirement Dick Burge challenged all England at 136lbs, Ben Seth doing likewise on 18 July 1888.