1901-06-24 (154/156lbs) Jack Palmer w co 5 (20) Lachie Thomson, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England
1901-06-24 (154/156lbs) Jack Palmer w co 5 (20) Lachie Thomson, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Referee: George Dunning. Made at catchweights, Palmer (154) started as if he meant to finish early, leading off without any response, and had Thomson on the floor as the bell ended the third. Although Thomson came back from that strongly he was unable to sustain his attacks for long and in the fifth, tiring rapidly, he was fought all over the ring before a terrific uppercut sent him crashing to the boards to be counted out.
Palmer claimed the English 154lbs title on his victory before moving up in weight to take on the American, Charlie McKeever, at the same venue on 9 December. Stopped by the police in the second round, McKeever had been restricted to 156lbs (actually coming in at 158lbs), while Palmer was allowed to make any weight.
From thereon, a number of men, including Palmer (August 1902) and Tom Woodley (November 1902), challenged all England at 156lbs, but it was not until 1906 that Pat O’Keefe put his stamp on the weight class.