1891-02-12 (98lbs) Joe McGrath drew 15 (12+) Alf Gunning, Ancient Concert Rooms, Dublin, Ireland
12 February (98lbs) Joe McGrath drew 15 (12+) Alf Gunning, Ancient Concert Rooms, Dublin, Ireland. Referee: Frank Slavin. Billed for the English 98lbs title over 12 rounds, the referee ordered the bout to continue for another three sessions when he was unable to separate the pair. However, on reaching the end of the 14th he asked both men if they were happy to box a further six sessions, but when police interference threatened at the end of the 15th the referee rapidly called a halt and declared a draw. Gunning had been dropped in the seventh and 12th and appeared lucky to receive a portion of the verdict, especially when fighting on his rival’s home territory.
With this contest proving nothing, men who had won championship competitions, along with those who were challenging all England, included Alf Buckingham (March); Ben Jordan (August); Bill Mortimer (February 1892); Walter Croot (who won a championship competition, outpointing Matt Evans over four rounds at the Central Hall, Holborn, London on 4 June 1892); Jim Williams (who won a championship competition when outpointing George Murray over four rounds at the Briggate Assembly Rooms, Leeds on 7 October 1893); Arthur Onslow (October 1893) and Jack Pearson (who won a championship belt competition, outpointing Murray over four rounds at the Briggate Assembly Rooms on 3 March 1894).