1894-10-15 (108lbs) Pedlar Palmer w pts 20 Ernie Stanton, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1894-10-15 (108lbs) Pedlar Palmer w pts 20 Ernie Stanton, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Billed for the 108lbs English title, by the fourth round Palmer (107½) was already dominating Stanton (106½), popping in the left jabs and rights to head and body while dodging counters. To his credit Stanton was always looking to nail Palmer, either with crosses or inside work, but most of the time he was left bewildered by the sheer speed of his rival, who would be here, there and everywhere. Towards the end Palmer was happy to make Stanton miss while he countered and at the final bell he was an obvious winner. There were no knockdowns.
Following the fight, Palmer challenged the world, up to £500 a side, but on 27 October he was hoping to meet George Corfield at 110lbs.
The 108lbs title was then variously claimed by Jim Williams (August 1895), Albert Gould (February 1896) and Arthur Lamb (the winner of a championship competition at the Excelsior Baths, Bethnal Green, London on 16 April 1896, when outpointing Harry Paul in the final over four rounds).
On 11 March 1896, Tom Redshaw challenged all England to decide the 107lbs title in return for an NSC purse.