1893-02-16 (122lbs) Bill James w rtd 11 (20) Tom Harris, St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London, England
1893-02-16 (122lbs) Bill James w rtd 11 (20) Tom Harris, St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London, England. Referee: George Vize. In a contest made at 122lbs, James (120½) quickly showed his intentions when dropping Harris (121½) with a right to the throat in the opening session. Despite that early warning Harris came back in sterling fashion to turn things around, doing especially well in the fourth when landing a swinging right on James’ throat. It now became a slugging match for several rounds before James got back to his boxing and then fighting Harris all over the ring in the eighth. Subsequently it was all James, and after having Harris down three times in the tenth he continually forced the latter on to the back foot in the 11th. Bravely, Harris tried to stay with James, but after two minutes of the round had elapsed, and in a dazed state, he held out his hand to signify that he was at the end of his tether.
Following this, James became another claimant for the English 122lbs championship, but despite challenging all and sundry he was unable to consolidate his claim. On 6 April, Tom Read challenged all England at the weight, Bill Corbett preferred.