1891-03-05 (94lbs) Jackie McGee drew 15 Ben Slope, Falstaff Music Hall, Old Street, London, England

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1891-03-05 (94lbs) Jackie McGee drew 15 Ben Slope, Falstaff Music Hall, Old Street, London, England. Referee: G. Crawley. Billed for the English 94lbs title with the winner articled to receive a silver cup, it was very even for the opening five rounds as both men looked for weaknesses before McGee began to edge ahead in the sixth, rights to the body being his main point of attack. By the ninth Slope’s face was showing signs of McGee’s handiwork in the countering department, and as each round followed the previous in terms of pattern it appeared that McGee would be the winner. The Sporting Life reported that when the referee announced a drawn decision, despite Slope fighting gamely McGee deserved the verdict due to his ring generalship and better use of both hands.

By December 1892, Walter Croot was claiming the championship at the weight, but he never backed that up, the title being claimed variously by Joe Bennett, Josh Pocknell, Pedlar Palmer, Ted Gorrie, Jem Stevens, Westminster’s Jack Maloney, Charlie Smith, Dave Job, Ted Beach and Jim Williams (who outpointed Beach over six rounds in the final of a championship belt competition at the Goodwin Club, Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London on 18 December 1893).