1899-11-20 (132lbs) Tom Dixon w co 4 (20) Harry Lane, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England
1899-11-20 (132lbs) Tom Dixon w co 4 (20) Harry Lane, Standard Theatre, Gateshead, England. Referee: Ed Plummer. Although billed for the English 132lbs title it was not recognised as such, the monetary returns not being high enough for championship participation. However, that did not stop Dixon from claiming to be the champion on winning. He certainly had not looked to be a likely winner prior to the fourth round. Up until then it was Lane who seemed to be the harder hitter of the pair, having shaken Dixon up on several occasions, but after the latter had dropped his rival with a right to the jaw in the fourth everything changed. Despite getting up and trying to fight back, Lane was put down again by a right uppercut to the jaw, this time for the full count.
Shortly afterwards, Bill Wood challenged all England for an NSC purse, being followed by Harry Tongue and Jack Rose (January 1900), Jack Goldswain (March 1900) and George Cunningham (who won a championship competition when outpointing Bill Nolan over six rounds at Wonderland, Mile End, London on 12 March 1900).