1894-05-07 (118/120lbs) Fred Johnson w co 14 (20) Dave Wallace, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1894-05-07 (118/120lbs) Fred Johnson w co 14 (20) Dave Wallace, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Thought to have been for the English 120lbs title, but with both men weighing in at 118lbs Johnson took over that weight class also on winning. Wallace had started brightly enough, having Johnson on the floor in the fourth, but after the seventh the latter began to control the contest and had his man down heavily in the 13th, the knockout following a round later. On 21 June, Willie Smith challenged all England and the world at 118lbs and was followed by other claimants such as Goody York (who won a championship competition when outpointing Arthur Ward over four rounds at the Central Hall, Holborn, London on 20 October) and Bill Baxter (who was still referring to himself as the English champion). A few weeks late the Sporting Life stated that Willie Smith should be recognised as the English champion as Baxter and Johnson were now fighting at a higher weight. With regard to the English 120lbs title, Ted Ware (the winner of a championship competition when outpointing Tom Ireland over three rounds at the NSC on 19 November), Jack Pearson (January 1895) and Alf Holden (November 1895) challenged all England to no avail.