1895-05-27 (142lbs) Tommy Ryan drew 18 (45) Mysterious Billy Smith, Coney Island AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA
1895-05-27 (142lbs) Tommy Ryan drew 18 (45) Mysterious Billy Smith, Coney Island AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Tim Hurst. Articled for 142lbs, with both inside, the fight was halted on the two-minute mark of the 18th after interference from the police. It had been a brutal affair, with a badly dazed Smith, half unconscious, hanging onto the ropes when the stoppage came. Earlier, in the 11th round, Ryan was so stunned that the referee called a halt with two minutes of the session unused following advice from the policeman in charge. Often reported as being a no-contest, the result should have been given as a draw owing to an agreement being in place between the men to that effect. With Ryan unable to make 142lbs again, Smith had a clear right to the title at that weight.