1891-05-30 (112lbs) Billy Plimmer w rtd 16 (20) Jem Stevens, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1891-05-30 (112lbs) Billy Plimmer w rtd 16 (20) Jem Stevens, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Tom Anderson. Billed for the English 112lbs title, it was Plimmer who made the stronger start and he continued to have the better of most of the rounds until the tenth when Stevens hit back hard. Prior to that, and carrying facial damage from early in the contest, Stevens had stood too square on to Plimmer, thus making himself an easy target. From thereon, however, the sessions were much more even and it was a great surprise when Stevens walked out for the 16th and held out a hand in a token of surrender, claiming impaired vision was making it too difficult for him to see properly.
Despite the nature of his defeat, by October Stevens had laid claim to the English 110lbs title, with Plimmer going on to greater things.