1898-02-25 (158lbs) Tommy Ryan w co 18 (20) George Green, National AC, San Francisco, California, USA
1898-02-25 (158lbs) Tommy Ryan w co 18 (20) George Green, National AC, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Jim McDonald. According to the San Francisco Chronicle report on the day of the fight, it was a catchweight contest between the welterweight champion and a man some seven pounds heavier. However, with both men inside 158lbs, Ryan’s claim to the title at that weight stems from this one. The first 13 rounds saw the advantage alternating between both men, but after that it was noticeable that Green was tiring fast and Ryan’s short right-arm blows to the body and straight lefts were beginning to drain the Californian. Ryan was now giving a great exhibition of boxing and in the 18th a left-right combination to the jaw put Green down for the count. Although Green had already been counted out, Ryan stepped in with a right swing once he was up and put him down again, upon which matters were quickly concluded when the referee’s decision became clear.
According to the Sporting Life, Green (152) claimed the 158lbs middleweight title when outpointing New Zealand’s Dan Creedon at Woodwards Pavilion, San Francisco on 30 December, but I can find nothing to support that statement, especially when Green lost twice to Al Neill in his next three contests.