1888-02-22 (114lbs) Nunc Wallace w pts 12 Charlie Smith, St James’ Club, Houndsditch, London, England
1888-02-22 (114lbs) Nunc Wallace w pts 12 Charlie Smith, St James’ Club, Houndsditch, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Despite a lack of billing, Wallace, who was already a claimant to the 112lbs title, also laid claim to the 114lbs championship on the strength of this win at that weight. It had been a good, clean contest with no knockdowns, but Wallace deserved his victory due to his better work and forcing tactics. Towards the end Smith began to weaken considerably, which was hardly surprising when you bear in mind the amount of solid body shots sent in by Wallace.
Earlier, Charlie Williams (September 1887) and Little Bill Goode (January 1888) had been claiming the same title. Regardless of Wallace’s victory, Bill Willis and Smith challenged all England shortly after, while Arthur Wilkinson (who won a championship competition on 23 February 1889 at the Royal Aquarium Theatre, Westminster, London when outpointing Charlie Mansford over four rounds) also laid claim to the title.