1897-03-25 (116lbs) George Corfield w pts 20 Paddy Mahoney, Gymnastic Club, Stalybridge, England

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1897-03-25 (116lbs) George Corfield w pts 20 Paddy Mahoney, Gymnastic Club, Stalybridge, England. Billed for the English 116lbs title, Mahoney found Corfield too good for him in the art of boxing and although he fought on resolutely he was outclassed in most aspects of the game. Having had just three contests Mahoney’s inexperience was shown up as Corfield popped in the jab as and when he wanted in the majority of rounds. Floored by a right to the head in the 15th, Mahoney pressed hard towards the end and while he put Corfield under some pressure at times he was unable to find the target before finishing the contest a most gallant loser.

Once it was confirmed that Pedlar Palmer had moved up a weight class the following month (although he surprisingly decided that he could still make 116lbs), Tom Turner challenged all England while Will Curley stated that he would fight anybody to fill the vacancy.