1889-05-28 (160lbs+) George LaBlanche w co 13 Mike Lucie, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA

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1889-05-28 (160lbs+) George LaBlanche w co 13 Mike Lucie, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Hiram Cook. Following a brief warm-up, LaBlanche (155½) began to get on top of Lucie, said to weigh in the region of 162lbs, handing out severe punishment to the ribs before knocking him over with a left uppercut in the tenth. Lucie was soon floored again before being saved by the bell. Although the 11th was slow, after LaBlanche had Lucie down for the third time, in the 12th, once again the bell came to the latter’s aid. With Lucie barely able to stand up in the 13th he was pushed to the floor and counted out. Four-ounce gloves were used.

Given much credit for a fine performance, LaBlanche, claiming to be the 156lbs champion, would receive another crack at Nonpareil Jack Dempsey on 27 August at the same venue.

In England, Jim Haines (162), who claimed to be the coloured English champion, outpointed Jack Welland over three rounds to win a catchweight competition at the Pelican Club, Soho, London on 8 June. At the end of the month, Haines challenged all England at the weight.