1899-04-03 (102lbs) Harry McDermott w co 14 (20) Charlie Exall, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England
1899-04-03 (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 when tearing into his rival with alacrity. Several times in the earlier sessions Exall looked like being put out, but he showed good skills in avoiding danger. Having found his feet, from the eighth through the 11th Exall was making life difficult for McDermott due to his better boxing. At that point it was even money. From there on both men had their moments before the contest was turned on its head in the 14th. Making a mighty effort to finish Exall off, McDermott was rewarded for his efforts when a heavy right to the jaw sent the latter crashing 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.