1897-02-22 (120lbs) Ben Jordan w rsc 13 (20) Fred Johnson, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1897-02-22 (120lbs) Ben Jordan w rsc 13 (20) Fred Johnson, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Billed for the English 120lbs title, for several rounds it was a good fight, both men doing excellent work, but by the seventh Johnson (119) appeared to weakening and was dropped twice in the eighth. It was Jordan’s attention to the body that was causing Johnson all kinds of distress. After fighting back gamely, Johnson was dropped by a right to the jaw and on being cut over the left eye his task seemed to be a hopeless one. At the juncture Jordan (119) seemed to be as fresh as when he started. All but used up coming into the 13th, Johnson was staggering around badly shaken when the referee came to his aid and halted what had become an uneven affair.
On 30 April, Jordan admitted that he could no longer make 120lbs and effectively vacated the English title.