1890-02-20 (154lbs) Young Mitchell w co 12 (finish) George LaBlanche, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA
1890-02-20 (154lbs) Young Mitchell w co 12 (finish) George LaBlanche, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA. With LaBlanche (153) claiming the title and the Chicago Tribune reporting it to be a championship fight, following his defeat at the hands of Mitchell (151) the Canadian lost any vestige of credibility he might have had despite continuing with his claim, while the victor established no recognition whatsoever. The fight itself saw both men down at the same time in the first round, and both down separately in the seventh before LaBlanche was dropped in the ninth, tenth and 12th. The final knockdown, following a light left, brought about a knockout win for Mitchell, which most of the boxing press described as a likely fake and a disgrace to the sport.
Following this sordid affair, with Nonpareil Jack Dempsey in the driving seat at 154lbs it was reported in the Sporting Life on 27 August that he had been challenged for the world title at 158lbs by the Irish Lad, Jack Burke. Dempsey responded by saying he would not fight above 154lbs.
Later in the year, on 14 October, in England, Alf Mitchell stated in the Sporting Life that as Bill Chesterfield Goode had failed to turn up the previous day to make a match to decide the English 154lbs championship he would box any man who would match his deposit. Although his offer was snapped up by Ted Pritchard, the fight itself failed to take place until a year later.