1891-05-25 (133lbs) Dick Burge w disq 11 (30) Jem Carney, Hop & Malt Exchange, The Borough, London, England
1891-05-25 (133lbs) Dick Burge w disq 11 (30) Jem Carney, Hop & Malt Exchange, The Borough, London, England. Billed for Carney’s version of the world 133lbs title, using two-ounce gloves, Burge (133) beat the 34-year-old Brummie, who had only ever boxed with gloves on three occasions and had been considered retired. Pre-fight reports gave it as involving a limited number of rounds, thought to be 30, although it was not reported as such. The bout itself was farcical, with Carney (132½), who fought a bare-knuckle sort of fight, eventually being disqualified for throwing his man. There had been far too much holding by both men, and in the tenth Burge was again shaken up when thrown to the floor with Carney crashing down on top of him. Into the 11th, after being thrown over again and looking for the foul Burge was knocked off his legs in the act of rising. This time the referee disqualified Carney, who repeatedly asked the referee for an explanation only to be told that it was Queensberry Rules that the articles called for and not London Rules.