1898-02-21 (130lbs) Spike Sullivan w rtd 15 (20) Harry Greenfield, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1898-02-21 (130lbs) Spike Sullivan w rtd 15 (20) Harry Greenfield, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Billed for the world 130lbs title, but actually articled at 131lbs, Sullivan (130) started as he meant to carry on by immediately playing for the body. Assuming a crouching style and forcing the pace, Sullivan gave Greenfield (128) no real time to get his punches off but the Englishman hit back at times to hurt his man on the odd occasion. By the tenth Sullivan was hammering away at Greenfield, giving him no space in which to work, and in the 15th a right uppercut brought him down. Saved by the bell but still in a bad way Greenfield was wisely retired on his stool prior to the 16th getting underway. Later, on 6 April, the Mirror of Life declared that Sullivan, who was claiming the title at weights between 130 and 135lbs, should be recognised as the best lightweight in the world now that Kid Lavigne was fighting at a higher weight. In Britain, following the result, Jack Rose (May) and Jim Barry (February 1899) challenged all England at 130lbs.