1897-04-28 (115/116lbs) Dave Sullivan w co 22 (25) Patsy Haley, Polo AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA

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28 April (115/116lbs) Dave Sullivan w co 22 (25) Patsy Haley, Polo AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Articled for 25 rounds at 115lbs, Sullivan held on to his American title claim on the result. Honours had been even for 11 rounds before Sullivan began to get on top after Haley had scored a knockdown in the fourth. In the 22nd, Sullivan rushed Haley and a left to the body and two hard rights to the head sent the latter down and out with two seconds of the session remaining.

On 13 December, Sullivan, who considered himself to be the 116lbs champion of America, withdrew from a bout against Torpedo Billy Murphy and taking over the former’s title claim challenged any man in the world, Pedlar Palmer preferred. A day later, Sullivan stated in the Sporting Life that he had not declined to meet Murphy and would do so if a fight could be made.