1890-02-11 (124lbs) Fred Johnson w co 3 (finish) Tom Woolley, Social Club, Kennington, London, England
1890-02-11 (124lbs) Fred Johnson w co 3 (finish) Tom Woolley, Social Club, Kennington, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Although there was no title billing and Johnson (124) was fighting above his best weight, on beating Woolley (122) he claimed the English championship at 124lbs. Despite Woolley being the taller by a couple of inches it did not take Johnson long to find a way through his rival’s guard, but in the second round, after leaving himself open, he was floored momentarily by a right hand. Johnson then decided to work the body, having some success before both men went to the floor during a clinch, but was then driven back across the ring just before time was called. The contest was turned on its head when Woolley, given orders to force the action, was immediately floored by a swinging left to the jaw. Although Woolley got up he was quickly put down twice in quick succession, the second time ending in him being counted out.
Johnson next won a championship competition when outpointing Bill Baxter over four rounds at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, London on 16 March 1889.