1898-02-25 (154lbs) Anthony Diamond w pts 12 Dido Plumb, Olympic Club, Birmingham, England
1898-02-25 (154lbs) Anthony Diamond w pts 12 Dido Plumb, Olympic Club, Birmingham, England. Referee: John S. Barnes. Although the final of an 154lbs championship belt competition, Diamond, having his final bout, and Plumb were acknowledged by most as being the best two men in the country and the result was seen as settling the championship. Plumb was the first to make a move, using both hands to head and body, before Diamond could find any sort of rhythm and in the third round the latter’s right eye was cut. By the fifth Diamond had got his left hand working well, scoring a mass of points, and he was also avoiding Plumb’s rushes better than before. From thereon to the final bell it was Diamond’s left hand holding up Plumb, who tried on numerous occasions to find his adversary’s jaw without too much success. At the conclusion, both judges decided that Diamond’s better boxing warranted the verdict. However, on 6 September Diamond confirmed that he was retiring and a week later Plumb reclaimed the title.