1891-11-23 (110lbs) William Cook w rtd 9 (20) Fred Dove, Pelican Club, Soho, London, England
1891-11-23 (110lbs) William Cook w rtd 9 (20) Fred Dove, Pelican Club, Soho, London, England. Billed for the English 110lbs title, with both men making the weight, the stocky Dove was the first to get going, having the best of the opening six rounds as he worked the taller Cook with body blows, some of which were distinctly low. However, by the seventh Dove had burnt himself out, and in the eighth Cook dropped him twice with solid right hands to the jaw. At that point Dove was all in, and Cook, punching wildly, would probably have finished it there and then had he not been so tired himself. In the ninth it was clear that Dove could not last, being defenceless against the blows coming his way, and before too long he was put out of his misery when his corner threw up the sponge.
Cook was challenging the world by the middle of 1892 but seems to have done little from there on.