1899-09-18 (158lbs) Tommy Ryan w rsc 10 (25) Frank Craig, Coney Island AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA
1899-09-18 (158lbs) Tommy Ryan w rsc 10 (25) Frank Craig, Coney Island AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: George Siler. The New York Herald stated that both men were candidates for middleweight honours and were to meet at 158lbs. Despite rumours that Craig would come in over the weight the fight went ahead and the ‘Coffee Cooler’ started well before having Ryan down in the second round from a right swing to the ear. By the fifth Ryan was dictating the pace and was beginning to land heavy rights under Craig’s heart that saw him eventually weaken. In the ninth Craig was dropped three times and appeared to be quitting before coming out for the tenth. Ryan lost no time in going after Craig and lambasted him with both hands until putting him down with a right to the head. Although Craig got up at the count of ‘nine’ he was all over the place and with 30 seconds of the session still remaining the referee rescued him.
In the aftermath, Ryan, who was also claiming the title up to 154lbs, challenged Charles Kid McCoy at that weight knowing full well that his rival would have difficulty in making it. McCoy, not surprisingly declined the offer, stating that 158lbs was now the real middleweight limit and that he still recognised Bob Fitzsimmons as champion, not Ryan.