1888-06-05 (128lbs) Bill Hook w co 25 (finish) Dido Hopwood, London, England

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1888-06-05 (128lbs) Bill Hook w co 25 (finish) Dido Hopwood, London, England. Held in the Metropolitan district, although it was not billed as an English title bout Hook (128) received some recognition at 128lbs following his win over Hopwood (126½). Hook got away better before being pegged back by Hopwood and it was anybody’s fight right up to the 25th round when the former produced the winning punch. Both men finished badly marked up.

Other men who were to challenge all England at 128lbs during the next few years were Enoch Thomas (November 1890), Jack Edwards (December 1890), Harry Greenfield (November 1892), Will Newell (December 1892) and Bill Day (March 1893).