1888-11-27 (118lbs) Tommy Warren w co 25 (finish) Jack Havelin, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA
1888-11-27 (118lbs) Tommy Warren w co 25 (finish) Jack Havelin, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Hiram Cook. Billed at 118lbs to settle the American title at the weight, using padded gloves, Warren (118) was announced as the champion and Havelin (117¾) the challenger. It was a brutal affair with Havelin, unable to see properly due to his battered features, down twice in the 21st, once in the 22nd, five times in the 23rd, five times in the 24th and once in the 25th before being counted out on one knee.
At the end of 1888, Fred Johnson, who was continuing to claim the English title at the weight, challenged Baxter to meet him. Consolidating his position, Johnson outpointed Tommy Walker over three rounds at the Pelican Club, Soho, London on 21 October 1889 in winning a 118lbs championship competition and was joined by Morgan Crowther (January 1890), who also challenged the world. On 13 February 1890, the Sportsman reported that Frank Murphy, who was currently in the USA, should be considered the English champion.