1891-10-05 (126lbs) Stanton Abbott w co 12 (20) Bill Baxter, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1891-10-05 (126lbs) Stanton Abbott w co 12 (20) Bill Baxter, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. While there was no title billing attached, with both men inside 126lbs it had to involve Abbott’s title claim at that weight. After making a cautious start Abbott (125½) began to wear Baxter (121) down, and although the latter had boxed well, especially with the left, by the ninth round it was clear that his blows lacked the sting of yesteryear. In the tenth session, with Abbott ramming in his own straight lefts it seemed to be just a matter of time before he would finish Baxter off. Although Baxter made it through the 11th he had no such luck in the 12th when, after dropping down five times in all, he was eventually counted out. In the aftermath, Baxter stated that he had gone down mainly to give himself a breather but had mistimed the count.

A short time later it was reported that Abbott had outgrown the weight class and should be recognised as a lightweight.

On 3 November George Johnson, the inveterate title claimer, challenged all England at 126lbs, while on 5 December at the Goodwin Club, Shoreditch, London, Wag Andrews outpointed Tom Woolley over seven rounds to win a championship competition.