1889-04-17 (98lbs) Tom De Groat w co 20 (finish) Patsy Sheehan, London, England
1889-04-17 (98lbs) Tom De Groat w co 20 (finish) Patsy Sheehan, London, England. Referee: J. T. Hulls. Billed for the English and world 98lb titles, despite Sheehan (96) being knocked down in the fourth round by the end of the 18th he was the favourite after dropping De Groat (98) in the 14th and getting well on top. However, Sheehan tired badly in the 19th, and in the 20th two terrific rights to the jaw stretched him out for the count.
A day later at the Blue Anchor Public House, Shoreditch, London, Jem Stevens claimed the championship after defeating Alf Levy on points over six rounds. Interestingly, both fighters were under 15 years of age.
Earlier, Punch Denton had challenged all England in November 1884 before Sammy Holmes claimed the title in March 1886. After De Groat moved up in weight several men, including Sheehan (August), Tich Gower (September), Ponk Andrews and Ben Slope (April 1890) put in claims, while Jim Walker challenged all England in April 1890.