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. The opening three rounds saw Cunningham drop Murphy for counts of 'seven', 'six, and 'nine' in what was a humdinger. Having been dropped heavily from a right cross in the fourth, with Murphy out to the world the referee called the fight off without giving a result due to the amount of money waged on the latter. Because of the referee's action, the result was given as a draw by the club's management.
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. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported the fight to be one of several four rounders and made no mention of a title being involved. 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 the above 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.