1899-04-24 (136lbs) Walter Eyles w pts 20 Joe Francis, Brock Street Hall, Bath, England
1899-04-24 (136lbs) Walter Eyles w pts 20 Joe Francis, Brock Street Hall, Bath, England. Referee: Ed Plummer. Made at 136lbs, this was a defence of Eyles’ claim despite the lack of billing and in Francis he met a man who would make life difficult for him without threatening to win. Prior to the ninth round Eyles had put himself in the driving seat, hurting Francis with solid lefts to the body, before having him over from a left to the jaw in that session. In the 16th Eyles again floored Francis with a left to the face and he continued in the same vein to run out a good winner. Following this one Eyles was not really heard from again at the weight, leaving both Tom Causer and Jim Curran with much stronger claims at that moment in time.