1890-01-27 (120lbs) Bill Baxter w rtd 17 (finish) Morgan Crowther, South London Gym, Kennington, London, England
1890-01-27 (120lbs) Bill Baxter w rtd 17 (finish) Morgan Crowther, South London Gym, Kennington, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Billed for the English and world 120lb titles, and contested in two-ounce gloves, Baxter (118½) was the first to show, having Crowther (118½) slightly groggy in the third before the latter came back to edge the next couple of sessions. In the sixth Crowther was cautioned for hitting and holding, and had a couple of difficult rounds prior to being dropped in the ninth as Baxter’s left hand wreaked havoc with his features. By the 12th Crowther looked in a bad way but refused to go down. This continued right through to the end of the 16th when he looked to be out on his feet. Baxter really went to work in the 17th, sending Crowther down twice before the latter was saved by time being called. However, it had now become an impossible task for Crowther, who could hardly stand up, and his corner wisely tossed up the sponge.
Following Baxter’s victory he was immediately challenged by Fred Johnson, who was still claiming the English 120lbs title and challenging the world at all weights between 116 and 120lbs.
On 7 March 1890, Bill Gibbs challenged all England at the weight.