1904-01-25 (110lbs) Jim Kenrick w pts 15 Fred Herring, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1904-01-25 (110lbs) Jim Kenrick w pts 15 Fred Herring, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Made at 110lbs, despite a lack of billing Kenrick’s English title claim at the weight was on the line in this one. While Herring, the taller of the pair, used his left hand to advantage throughout Kenrick worked away with both hands. The contest was more interesting than exciting, and at the end of the 14th Kenrick was deemed to be ahead due in part to his all-round work. Thus, after keeping out of harm's way in the final session it was no surprise when he was awarded the decision. As an amateur, Herring had been the 1898 ABA bantamweight champion.
Other men who laid claim to the title included Billy Johnson (January 1905), Jack Guyon (April 1905) and Billy Lewis (the winner of a championship competition when outpointing Jack Christian over three rounds at Wonderland, Mile End, London on 3 June 1905).