1897-11-29 (135lbs) Spike Sullivan w pts 20 Jim Curran, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1897-11-29 (135lbs) Spike Sullivan w pts 20 Jim Curran, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Made at 135lbs, in the earlier rounds it was Curran (134½) who showed up better, especially with his work to the body, and in the third round he put Sullivan (135) on the seat of his pants outside the ring. Curran’s left was also scoring well and it was not until the end of the 11th that Sullivan began to exert any superiority. Curran was still dangerous, but it was Sullivan who was fighting in desperation during the 13th and from thereon to the final bell he was adjudged to have made up any lost ground when given the decision.
Regardless of the fact that there was no title billing attached the Irish-born Sullivan would have had a genuine claim at the weight following his win and although Curran challenged him to a return at 137lbs he was told that the American, who could easily make the 130lbs limit, was refusing to box above 135lbs.