1896-12-26 (158lbs) Charles Kid McCoy w co 9 (20) Bill Doherty, The Amphitheatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
1896-12-26 (158lbs) Charles Kid McCoy w co 9 (20) Bill Doherty, The Amphitheatre, Johannesburg, South Africa. Billed as a world title fight at 158lbs, McCoy (156), on top from the opening bell, soon had the outclassed Doherty (158) under pressure, dropping him in the third, fourth and fifth rounds. Showing tremendous courage, Doherty somehow stayed in the fight, but with McCoy biding his time he was twice floored by heavy rights to the jaw in the ninth, the second occasion seeing him counted out. It was a bad knockout, and one that took Doherty almost thirty minutes to properly come round from.
While the winner would be recognised in South Africa as champion, Bob Fitzsimmons was still generally perceived to be the titleholder elsewhere.
On 26 May 1897, McCoy stopped Dick O’Brien in the tenth round of a scheduled 25-rounder at the Palace AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Although reportedly made at 158lbs this fight should not be seen as a defence of McCoy’s claim to the 158lbs title as it was really a catchweight contest, with O’Brien coming in at 163lbs to McCoy’s 156. Even then it was stated that McCoy looked much heavier.