1901-03-18 (115lbs) Harry Harris w pts 15 Pedlar Palmer, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1901-03-18 (115lbs) Harry Harris w pts 15 Pedlar Palmer, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Made at 115lbs and billed for the world title, both coming in on the weight, when the men came together it was clearly seen that Harris, at close on 5’8”, had tremendous reach advantage over Palmer. Known as the ‘Human Hairpin’ and assuming a crouching position, Harris made a difficult target for the much smaller Palmer, who soon made the body the object of his attacks. Both showed great cleverness and by the fifth round it was anybody’s fight according to the Sporting Life. The tide changed in the sixth when Palmer was put down four times and came under terrific pressure as Harris went long and short with his punches, never relenting. For the next three sessions Palmer was still dazed but he took his punishment gamely before coming back in the 11th, looking to knock a tired Harris out, fully knowing that he could not win on points. The last four sessions saw Palmer trying his utmost to to down his man but it was not to be and he ended the contest as a gallant loser.
A short while later Harris announced that he would never box inside 118lbs again.