1892-05-09 (108lbs) Billy Plimmer w co 10 (20) Tommy Spider Kelly, Coney Island AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA
1892-05-09 (108lbs) Billy Plimmer w co 10 (20) Tommy Spider Kelly, Coney Island AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Al Smith. Billed for the world 108lbs title using four-ounce gloves that looked more like the two-ounce variety, Kelly was half a pound overweight. Plimmer (108) had Kelly (108½) at his will in the ninth, putting him down twice until the bell came to the American’s rescue. Knocked down twice again in the tenth, Kelly finally toppled over from sheer exhaustion to be counted out.
With Plimmer now considered to be the best man at the weight in the world, back home in England Charlie Mansford (who won a championship competition when beating Alf Gunning on a fourth-round disqualification at the Central Hall, Holborn, London on 4 June) was also claiming the 108lbs title, while a flurry of men challenging all England included Hiram Cutler (May), Jack Beach (August), George Winters and Ginger Elliott (October 1893), and Bill Norton (December 1893).
In May 1894, Pedlar Palmer, who was signing himself off as the English 108lbs champion, stated that he could no longer make the weight and was moving on.