1888-04-16 (145/146lbs) Alf Suffolk w disq 11 (12) Ted Barrett, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England

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1888-04-16 (145/146lbs) Alf Suffolk w disq 11 (12) Ted Barrett, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Referee: George Dunning. Made at catchweights with no title billing it was said that following his victory, Suffolk (135), who was making his pro debut, claimed the English 145lbs title. Certainly, he was awarded a silver championship belt, which was presented by Harry Clarke, and might explain why he was boxing top-class men from there on in. Showing good form for a man new to the pro game, Suffolk relied very much on his straight left to pick Barrett (145) apart with, but as the two men got tired the latter resorted to wrestling and throwing. At the end of the tenth round after more fouling, the referee came into the ring to warn both men that the first to commit a foul from that moment on would be thrown out. It was not long in coming. Halfway through the 11th Barrett again back-heeled Suffolk and was promptly disqualified.

Another man to make good progress at 146lbs was Alec Burns, who outpointed Ted White over four rounds at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, London on 15 December to win a championship competition at the weight.

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