1893-02-28 (130lbs) Young Griffo w disq 4 (20) Jerry Marshall, Darlinghurst Skating Rink, Sydney, Australia
1893-02-28 (130lbs) Young Griffo w disq 4 (20) Jerry Marshall, Darlinghurst Skating Rink, Sydney, Australia. Although the majority of sources report this as a fight made at 126lbs, it should be seen as a defence of Griffo’s 130lbs claim as he was clearly unable to make the contracted weight anymore. The Sydney Telegraph reported that the contest lasted into the fourth round, when Griffo (127½) was declared the winner over Marshall (125½) after an appeal from the Australian’s corner for an alleged foul. Up to that point, Marshall had gone well but the truth of the matter was that Griffo’s gang, ‘The Push’, were threatening so much violence within the hall, breaking up anything in their view, that it would almost have been foolhardy for the referee to favour anyone but the Australian. Bearing that in mind and fearing for his safety, Marshall, realising that he would be torn to pieces if he won, elected to go low to enable both himself and his seconds to leave the hall in one piece. While Marshall yet again discarded the opportunity of claiming the 126lbs title by forfeit, Griffo left Australia for America in May taking his world 130lbs title claim with him.