1898-03-05 (104lbs) George Beach w pts 12 Matt Precious, Norfolk Road Drill Hall, Sheffield, England
1898-03-05 (104lbs) George Beach w pts 12 Matt Precious, Norfolk Road Drill Hall, Sheffield, England. Referee: John S. Barnes. Although the final of a 104lbs championship competition, Beach, who had knocked out Harry McDermott in an earlier round, had a real live claim to the English title on the result. Beach made the better start, knocking Precious down twice in the first and once in the second, and from thereon chased the latter down round after round. Boxing mainly on the retreat, Precious was constantly under attack, but despite shipping heavy punishment he managed to keep his feet to last the distance.
On 14 March Dave Morbin won another championship belt competition when beating Jack Hennessey in the first round at the Public Baths, Paddington, London, while Beach, continuing to call himself the world champion at the weight, never defended his claim as far as one can ascertain.