1892-08-20 (160lbs) Jim Hall w co 4 (finish) Ted Pritchard, Sussex, England
1892-08-20 (160lbs) Jim Hall w co 4 (finish) Ted Pritchard, Sussex, England. This one took place at a racing stable on The Downs near Brighton. With Bob Fitzsimmons recognised as world champion at 154lbs, Hall and Pritchard were matched for the British version of the title at 160lbs and following the contest Hall, who had a kayo victory over Fitzsimmons to his credit, claimed the 158lbs world title. Also involving the Imperial British Empire title, both men weighed 157lbs. Almost immediately it could be seen that Hall had the reach on Pritchard and was just as clever, but in the second round the Australian was sent to the grass by a powerful right to the jaw. However, coming back strongly, Hall began to demoralise Pritchard with heavy blows of his own and in the fourth two severe blows, one to the jaw and one to the side of the head, saw the latter crash to the turf to be counted out.
On 8 March 1893, in America, Fitzsimmons knocked out Hall in the fourth round of a finish fight at the Crescent Club, New Orleans, Louisiana. Although billed as a title match in some quarters, it should not be recognised as involving the championship due to it being contested at catchweights well above the recognised weight. Fitzsimmons weighed in at a massive 167lbs to his opponent's 163½ and it was now quite clear that he would be unable to make 154lbs again without losing strength.
Bearing that in mind and taking advantage of the champion’s privilege of the day in being able to carry the weight to suit his own convenience, Fitzsimmons named 158lbs as the premier poundage within the weight class.