1891-08-17 (102lbs) Mike Small w pts 12 George Murray, The Wheatsheaf Public House, Holborn, London, England
1891-08-17 (102lbs) Mike Small w pts 12 George Murray, The Wheatsheaf Public House, Holborn, London, England. No championship billing as such but thought to have involved the English 102lbs title, it was an exciting bout that saw Small forcing the pace and Murray boxing mainly on the retreat. Surviving an appeal for a foul in the sixth after delivering a low blow, Small had all the best of the remaining rounds to win handily.
Regardless of the fact that most good judges thought that George Beach was the best man at the weight, Darkey Edwards was also reported to be the champion by The Sportsman in November, while other men who were either claiming the title, challenging all England, or had won championship competitions arrived on the scene in the form of Bill Mortimer (February 1892); Bill Bolton (who won a championship competition on 22 February 1892, beating Alf Buckingham by disqualification in the second round at the Exchange Gym, Bermondsey, London); Charlie Smith (who was reported as a claimant to the English 104lbs title in The Sportsman on 1 March 1892); Jack Roberts (March 1892); Tim Lyons (April 1892) and Tich Gower (May 1892).
On 4 June 1892 at the Central Hall, Holborn, London, Edwards outpointed Ted Ashwick over four rounds of a championship competition and immediately challenged the world. However, within a couple of months he had outgrown the weight class.