1898-04-18 (114lbs) Harry Ware w rsc 9 (20) Jim Williams, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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18 April (114lbs) Harry Ware w rsc 9 (20) Jim Williams, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Although the fight had no title billing attached, it stipulated £100 a side and a purse that met championship conditions, and later gossip suggested that it had involved both Ware’s and Williams’ English 114lbs title claims at the weight. Starting at a good pace it was Williams who made the early running in the opening six rounds, having Ware down in the second and generally landing the better quality punches. In the seventh, however, Ware woke up as the Mirror of Life put it and in the eighth he had Williams down from a right to the jaw before finishing the session strongly. Coming out for the ninth, Ware wasted no time in getting at Williams and despite taking plenty of solid blows himself he eventually had the latter in trouble with a swinging right-hand punch to the head. At this point the referee jumped up and stopped the fight in Ware’s favour, the decision being received with astonishment by the crowd.