1893-04-22 (112lbs) George Corfield w rsc 13 (20) Joe Morton, Norfolk Road Drill Hall, Sheffield, England
1893-04-22 (112lbs) George Corfield w rsc 13 (20) Joe Morton, Norfolk Road Drill Hall, Sheffield, England. Referee: Robert Watson. Made at 112lbs, Corfield was in total control all the way, having Morton (110) over three times in the first four rounds, including a slip when he got his legs crossed, and at the end of the fifth the latter could hardly stand. Morton, who just flung punches regardless, had appeared in only one pro bout previously and it showed. With Corfield hitting Morton almost at will, uppercuts and jabs being plentiful, it was just a matter of time but the lad from Alfreton showed tremendous gameness in refusing to quit. Saved again by the call of time in the ninth, Morton was floored in the 12th and while Corfield hit him all round the ring he could not finish him. In what had become a totally one-sided match, by the 13th Morton was holding on to the ropes as Corfield battered away at him and after failing to get the corner to retire their man the referee did it for them when stopping the fight.
Although there was no title billing, Corfield was now claiming the English 112lbs title. On 6 November, Chappie Moran forfeited to Corfield, whom he had been contracted to box in Sheffield on 4 December at £50 a side.
Another man came to the front when Sid Phillips won a championship competition, outpointing William Wilson over four rounds at the Briggate Assembly Rooms, Leeds on 7 October, and won another one when outpointing Tim Sullivan over four rounds at the Central Baths, Clerkenwell, London on 20 March 1892. In two further championship competitions, Phillips was outscored over three rounds by Arthur Ward at the Blue Anchor Public House, Shoreditch, London on 26 April 1894, before outpointing George Winters over three rounds at the Central Hall, Holborn, London on 13 August 1894.
Earlier, Jack Gray had challenged the world at 112lbs in January 1894, while Fred Precious (who won a championship competition at the Briggate Assembly Rooms on 3 March 1894, outpointing Alf Greer over four rounds) and Pedlar Palmer (May 1894) were both claiming the title.