1903-06-15 (140lbs) Spike Sullivan drew 20 Jack Nelson, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England

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1903-06-15 (140lbs) Spike Sullivan drew 20 Jack Nelson, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Referee: J. R. Smoult. Billed for the 140lbs world title, Sullivan held a big reach advantage but barely made it pay as Nelson cleverly avoided many of the punches coming his way. Sullivan was dropped in the fifth by a right to the jaw but was soon up and it was settling into an equal struggle, although there was much clinching from the mid-point onwards. In the 18th it appeared that Sullivan was wearing better and he had Nelson over for a couple of seconds, but the latter kept his distance until fully recovered and both staged a grandstand finish, the decision going down well.

While Nelson looked for new challenges, Sullivan’s claim went nowhere and he had retired by March 1904.