1891-09-25 (100lbs) Bill Mortimer w co 8 (finish) Joe Gates, Goodwin Club, Shoreditch, London, England

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1891-09-25 (100lbs) Bill Mortimer w co 8 (finish) Joe Gates, Goodwin Club, Shoreditch, London, England. Billed for the English 100lbs title, Mortimer (98¾) quickly showed his extra class, sending in solid jabs and moving out of harm's way when he had to. By the third round it seemed that the contest would not last much longer, such was Mortimer’s dominance, but in the fourth Gates (99¾) fought strongly. That was short lived as Mortimer came again, and in the seventh Gates was knocked down twice before being carried to his corner on time being called. It was a miracle that Gates even made the eighth, as he was all in, and as time was called signalling the end of the round he toppled over and was unable to get up.

Among the other men challenging all England at the weight were William Cook (September), Bill Eastwick (January 1892), Young Harry Brown and Walter Croot (January 1893), and Jack Levy. Levy was reportedly in the USA calling himself the English 100lbs champion in September 1893, prior to being matched against Jimmy Barry.

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