1894-05-04 (140lbs) Dick Burge w rtd 28 (30) Harry Nickless, Bolingbroke Club, Clapham, London, England
1894-05-04 (140lbs) Dick Burge w rtd 28 (30) Harry Nickless, Bolingbroke Club, Clapham, London, England. Referee: Robert Watson. Billed for the world, Imperial British Empire and English 140lb titles, the contest was evenly fought for several rounds before Nickless’ left eye began to close shut, thus making life even more difficult for him. By the 15th it was clear that Nickless was having great difficulty lining Burge up, and to make matters even worse for him his right eye was damaged. Having been temporarily over in the 15th Nickless was making a good fight of it, but after being knocked down in the 18th by a right uppercut to the body and by a right-hand counter in the 21st time was running out for the Londoner as Burge continued to pour in the punches. Still there at the start of round 28 Nickless looked a sorry sight, and after suffering two heavy knockdowns the referee called it off after the latter’s corner collected their man in order to revive him as quickly as possible.
Following the contest Nickless effectively retired despite making repeated challenges to all England, while Burge threatened to also walk away from boxing prior to challenging the world at 144lbs and claiming the English title at that weight.