1899-04-03 (102lbs) Harry McDermott w co 14 (20) Charlie Exall, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England
3 April (102lbs) Harry McDermott w co 14 (20) Charlie Exall, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England. Billed for the English 102lbs title, although Exall (105) came in three pounds overweight McDermott (102), having waived the forfeit, made light of the matter and by the fourth round was tearing into his rival with alacrity. Several times Exall looked like being put out but he was tricky in avoiding danger and from the eighth through the 11th he was making life difficult for McDermott due to his better boxing. At that point it was even money. From thereon both men had their moments before the contest was turned on its head in the 14th when McDermott made a mighty effort to finish Exall off and was rewarded for his efforts when, following a heavy right to the jaw, the latter crashed to the floor to be counted out.
Although McDermott appeared to be the best man at the weight, Dave Job claimed the title on 8 April after complaining that no one had accepted his challenges, and was joined by George Beach in May 1899.