1891-02-27 (118lbs) Morgan Crowther w rtd 45 (finish) Arthur Wilkinson, Social Club, Kennington, London, England
1891-02-27 (118lbs) Morgan Crowther w rtd 45 (finish) Arthur Wilkinson, Social Club, Kennington, London, England. Referee: A. F. Bettinson. Made at 118lbs, it was Crowther who made the better start and he was soon ahead before Wilkinson gamely came back despite suffering damage to his left eye. Although Crowther continued to show his quality it was gradually becoming a test of stamina and it was noticeable in the 17th that Wilkinson was the stronger of the two. That all changed in the 30th when Crowther, under instructions from his corner, twice smashed Wilkinson to the floor with heavy blows to the jaw. Subsequently, the fight slowed until Crowther, picking it up again, again put Wilkinson down, this time in the 43rd, before chasing his man all round the ring. Come the beginning of the 45th, Wilkinson was so tired that his corner began arguing for a draw. At that point the police decided to step in, thus bringing the fight to a close, an action that was followed by the referee refusing to give a decision unless the two men met in private within six hours.
However, due to suffering the after effects of a hard battle Wilkinson agreed to give the bout to Crowther in return for £75 of the £100 purse, the latter being immediately challenged by George Camp. Although proposed, the fight never came off due to Crowther deciding to box at a higher weight from there on.
Meanwhile, Fred Johnson continued to challenge the world at 118lbs and stated that if there were no takers he would retire as undefeated world champion by forfeit.