1896-03-30 (140lbs) Owen Sweeney w co 2 (20) George King, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1896-03-30 (140lbs) Owen Sweeney w co 2 (20) George King, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Made at 140lbs, following a fairly brisk opening session in which he had the better of his opponent it seemed clear that Sweeney was looking to finish early. Both men went for it at the start of the second, and after they had gone down together in a scrimmage Sweeney dropped King twice, the second occasion seeing the latter counted out.
Later in the year Sweeney was claiming the English title at the weight, while issuing challenges to all and sundry without ever taking his claim forward.
Following this, many men challenged all England in pursuit of the 140lbs title, including Pat Daly (February 1897), Alf Bannister (June 1897), Arthur Locke (January 1898), Jim Curran (October 1898), Johnny Hughes (October 1899), Maurice Greenfield (January 1900) and Ted Cain (January 1901) before Daly eventually grasped the honour for himself.