1892-04-02 (108lbs) Chappie Moran drew 10 Eddie Avery, Williamsburg Grand Army Hall, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA
1892-04-02 (108lbs) Chappie Moran drew 10 Eddie Avery, Williamsburg Grand Army Hall, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Edward Gleeson. Billed for the world 108lbs title, Moran was the faster and more decisive of the pair in the first half of the contest, before Avery proved to be stronger in the latter stages, repeatedly throwing the Englishman and forcing him against the ropes. With Avery showing bite marks on the neck and shoulder the police intervened at the end of the ninth round, there being an almighty scramble prior to the two men being allowed to come out for the final session. Nothing much changed, and at the final bell the referee called it a draw due to the many fouls committed by both fighters.
Following this, with the championship undecided, Avery continued with his claim to the title before it evaporated after he was kayoed in the third round by Dolly Lyons at The Grand Theatre, Brooklyn on 13 May. Scheduled for six rounds, and a catchweight affair, Avery had accepted the challenge of lasting the full distance.
On 7 May, Moran challenged the world to a finish, Arthur Westley preferred, and in December of the same year he challenged all England, George Beach and Fred Locke preferred. Fourteen months later, on 10 July 1893, a fight between Moran and Fred Precious was cancelled when the former refused to box two days later, thus giving Precious a title claim by forfeit.