1897-07-12 (138lbs) Arthur Callan w rsc 10 (20) Alf Bannister, Goodwin Club, Shoreditch, London, England

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1897-07-12 (138lbs) Arthur Callan w rsc 10 (20) Alf Bannister, Goodwin Club, Shoreditch, London, England. Referee: Edward Humphreys. Made at 138lbs, in the opening three rounds it was Callan’s bodywork that caught the eye before the next three sessions turned into a slogging match. Even then Callan (136) scored the most frequently mainly due to his cleverness, before being put under pressure in the seventh and all but out after taking a terrific hit to the jaw. The next couple of rounds saw both men cautioned for holding and hitting, and in the tenth seeing that his rival was blowing hard Callan made his move. Three times Bannister fell from sheer exhaustion, the third occasion bringing the fight to a close when the referee was finally forced to call a halt in favour of Callan.

Despite there being no English championship billing attached, following his defeat of Bannister (137) at 138lbs even though Callan (136) would have had a fair claim to the title at that weight he decided to remain among the 136 pounders.