1888-11-21 (115/116lbs) Cal McCarthy w co 9 (finish) George Young, Long Island Sound, New York, USA

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1888-11-21 (115/116lbs) Cal McCarthy w co 9 (finish) George Young, Long Island Sound, New York, USA. Contested in a private mansion and accepted to be under MoQ Rules at 115lbs, give or take a pound, the finish was timed at 34 minutes, which was two minutes into the ninth round after Young (116½) had taken a tremendous left hand to the bridge of the nose. With kid gloves the order of the day, McCarthy (115½) was always one step ahead, being just too good for his rival.

In Britain, while the 116lbs weight class was seen to belong to the bantamweights, during 1888 there were no distance fights, merely competition winners and self-styled champions who claimed the English 116lbs title such as Bill Baxter (December) and Pudney Sullivan (who outpointed George Baxter over three rounds at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Westminster, London to win a championship competition on 15 December).

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