1892-09-19 (92lbs) Joe Bennett w co 11 (20) Walter Croot, Social Club, Kennington, London, England
1892-09-19 (92lbs) Joe Bennett w co 11 (20) Walter Croot, Social Club, Kennington, London, England. Referee: Robert Watson. Billed for the English 92lbs title, Bennett looked much the sturdier as opposed to the slim build of Croot, who was twice dropped in the fifth round before coming back strongly. By the eighth Croot was working well while looking for a way to end the fight, but coming into the tenth and weakening fast it was Bennett’s turn to come on strong. In the tenth there was pandemonium as Bennett was sent down three times, twice from fouls, and it took some time to bring about order. The 11th saw Croot extremely weak, and he was sent down from lefts and rights before getting up to swing Bennett to the floor. Once Bennett was back on his feet it was all over for Croot, who took a tumble after being caught by a left to the jaw and was counted out.
Immediately afterwards, Bennett claimed the world title at the weight.
On 1 February 1894, Westminster’s Jack Maloney outpointed Harry Munro over six rounds at Bill Goode’s Gerrard Street Gym, Soho, London, and although reported to be for the English 92lbs title the distance was not of championship acceptance.