1890-02-24 (126lbs) Harry Spurden w disq 40 (finish) Bill Corbett, Social Club, Kennington, London, England
1890-02-24 (126lbs) Harry Spurden w disq 40 (finish) Bill Corbett, Social Club, Kennington, London, England. Referee: George Dunning. Thought to have been for the English 126lbs title, Spurden was making his debut in a finish fight. And after six rounds, having proved himself to be a better boxer than the lad from Lambeth, Spurden had scarcely been touched. With Spurden well ahead, Corbett made a determined effort in the 21st, despite carrying a badly damaged left ear, and by the 37th session he was even money to win. Pulling himself together Spurden fought back strongly, being back in control by the 40th. The contest was terminated when Corbett was disqualified for landing three low blows on Spurden in the 40th round, the last of which sent the latter to the ground writhing in agony.
Around this time a new man arrived on the scene in the shape of Stanton Abbott, who won three championship competitions in 1890, beating George Johnson (w pts 3 at the Pelican Club, Soho, London on 27 March), Bill Hook (w pts 3 at the Albany Club, Islington, London on 9 April) and Bill Gibbs (w pts 3 at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, London on 31 May).