1902-11-24 (158lbs) Jack Palmer w pts 15 Eddie Connolly, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1902-11-24 (158lbs) Jack Palmer w pts 15 Eddie Connolly, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Following two battles between the pair in Newcastle, which Palmer won, they were matched in London in a catchweight contest with Palmer being restricted to 158lbs. The Mirror of Life reported the contest to be for the English version of the 158lbs title and it would also be recognised by many as one that involved the Imperial British Empire crown at the weight.
Fast and furious throughout, Connolly, fighting with grim determination and strength, was ultimately unable to make up the early rounds surrendered to Palmer but right up to the final bell it was unclear as to who would be proclaimed the winner. According to the Sporting Life, Connolly made such a good showing that he had nothing to be ashamed about despite losing to Palmer for the third time. Both men gave and received heavy blows, often wincing, but the only knockdown recorded came in the 13th round when Palmer momentarily floored Connolly, having himself just been shaken up.