1889-02-19 (144/146lbs) Ted Pritchard w disq 4 (finish) Jim Hayes, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England
1889-02-19 (144/146lbs) Ted Pritchard w disq 4 (finish) Jim Hayes, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Billed for the English 145lbs title, Pritchard (144) soon got down to work, dropping Hayes twice with uppercuts in the opener and making life tough for his rival in the next two sessions. Because Hayes was badly outreached he was forced to get to close quarters, but was being countered with solid lefts on the way in, a tactic that saw him take a lot of punishment in the second and third rounds also. Knocked down twice in the fourth, after Hayes’ seconds rushed to his aid thinking that he had been counted out on the first occasion confusion reigned. It was only later that an announcement was made to the effect that Hayes had been disqualified due to the actions of his corner.
On winning, Pritchard challenged the world at 144 and 146lbs but was soon fighting among the middleweights.
Further activity in 1889 in the 144lbs class came when Ted White (who outpointed Andy Cannon over four rounds at the Royal Aquarium Theatre, Westminster, London on 23 February) and Sam Baxter (who outpointed White over four rounds at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, London on 16 March) won English championship competitions.
A few days earlier, on 9 March, Johnny Robinson claimed to be the rightful holder of the English championship belt, having won it some six years earlier. However, the belt Robinson had won was at 146lbs and hardly had any bearing on his right to the 144lbs title.