1902-06-25 Jack Scales w pts 10 Ben Taylor, New Adelphi Theatre, The Strand, London, England
1902-06-25 Jack Scales w pts 10 Ben Taylor, New Adelphi Theatre, The Strand, London, England. Referee: Eugene Corri. Billed for the English Coronation Championship Belt, both men were down early on before Scales started to impose himself on Taylor by the fifth round. There was never a lot between them, other than Scales providing the more skilful boxing and Taylor always being dangerous with his heavy hitting right through to the final bell.
On 13 September, Jack Palmer knocked out Harry Slounch Dixon inside five rounds of a scheduled ten at Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle. Despite being given no title billing as such, Palmer put in an English title claim on the result.
A month later, on 13 October, Scales also beat Dixon (w co 7 at the NSC, Covent Garden, London) in a contest scheduled for ten three-minute rounds. It was hardly contested under championship conditions, but Scales’ right to the English title was automatically at stake.
When he was knocked out inside three rounds by Charlie Wilson at Wonderland, Mile End, London on 8 November, Scales’ title claim all but disintegrated, whereas the winner would go on to challenge all England on the result. That, despite it being contested over six two-minute rounds.
In December it was announced that a contest for the English title between Scales and Dixon had been cancelled due to the former having an abscess on his shoulder.
Another contest that had some bearing on the English title came on 16 March 1903, when Dixon drew with Taylor at Wonderland. Billed for the English title despite it being contested over 12 (one extra added on to try and find a winner) two-minute rounds, neither man was accorded much recognition.
Things became even more confused a few days later when Pat Daly, the winner of an English championship competition in March 1900, challenged all England on 21 March.