1898-03-11 (126lbs) Ted Marlow w pts 12 Arthur Wilkinson, Norfolk Road Drill Hall, Sheffield, England
1898-03-11 (126lbs) Ted Marlow w pts 12 Arthur Wilkinson, Norfolk Road Drill Hall, Sheffield, England. The final of an English 126lbs Championship Belt competition that started at the Olympic Club in Birmingham before moving to Sheffield, saw Marlow getting on top early on when pitting his punching power against Wilkinson’s left-jab-and-move routine. By the fifth round Marlow was dishing out plenty of punishment to the game Wilkinson, who showed his mettle by taking whatever was coming his way while continuing to box a clever fight. Wilkinson’s face was badly marked by the eighth, and although he was being outpunched he refused to give ground. He even surprised Marlow at times, especially when driving in blows of his own after being under severe pressure. Despite being well beaten by the younger man it was Wilkinson who received the lion’s share of the applause at the final bell.
General reports stated that Marlow, who had drawn with Wilkinson in an earlier round and eliminated Bill Corbett, should not be recognised as a champion due to the poor class of the entries.