1889-05-28 (160lbs+) George LaBlanche w co 13 Mike Lucie, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA
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, LaBlanche had Lucie down, for the third time, in the 12th and once again the bell came to the latter’s aid. The end was in sight and 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 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 and, at the end of the month, challenged all England at the weight.