1898-11-07 (122lbs) Nat Smith w rsc 13 (20) Tom Turner, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1898-11-07 (122lbs) Nat Smith w rsc 13 (20) Tom Turner, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Although there was no title billing attached, with the result Smith, the 1897 ABA featherweight champion, was recognised as the English 122lbs champion in certain quarters. With Smith carrying the bigger punch, Turner was under pressure throughout but he boxed well enough to share several rounds before beginning to weaken after the tenth. It was still an interesting contest, but Smith was now firmly in control and after giving Turner no rest in the 13th the latter was finally sent to the boards. Seeing that Turner was exhausted, the referee stopped it at the count of three and gave the decision to Smith. Although Turner, who had drained himself to make the weight, got up and walked to his corner he collapsed moments later and taken to the Charing Cross Hospital where he died on 10 November. At the inquest on 15 November, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.