1892-02-20 (110lbs) Tim Murphy drew 4 Bob Cunningham, Williamsburg Grand Army Hall, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA
1892-02-20 (110lbs) Tim Murphy drew 4 Bob Cunningham, Williamsburg Grand Army Hall, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Johnny Eckhardt. In a match made at 110lbs, Murphy was already claiming the title at that weight regardless of having no record to speak of. Having been dropped heavily, with Murphy out to the world at the bell to end the fourth the referee and the judge, unable to decide on a winner, gave it as a draw. Cunningham later claimed that the referee had told him it would have been more than his life was worth to have counted Murphy out, while the latter regarded the punch in question as being a foul blow.
Regardless of events, Cunningham never really built on the performance and appears not to have put in a title claim. Some historians had claimed that the fight took place on 17 March 1890, but recent research shows 20 February to be the correct date.
Due to fight Tommy Spider Kelly on 24 September at the Athletic Club, Manhattan, NYC for the American 115lbs title, Murphy failed to go ahead when Kelly came in over the weight. After the bout was cancelled Murphy claimed the title by forfeit, but was never really considered.