1904-10-17 (108lbs) Digger Stanley w co 19 (20) Harry McDermott, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England

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1904-10-17 (108lbs) Digger Stanley w co 19 (20) Harry McDermott, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Billed for the world and English 108lbs titles, almost from the opening bell Stanley (108) was popping his left hand into his rival’s face, and coupled with solid right swings to head and body McDermott (107) began to look a sorry sight, his left eye closing fast by the eighth. It was quite clear that McDermott’s best chance of winning would come if he could mount a sustained attack on the body, thus it was no surprise when he began to have some success with that tactic at the halfway stage. However, Stanley was too smart to stay in one place for too long and it was only when he tired between the 14th and 17th that McDermott did his best work. Having regained his strength in the 18th, Stanley sent McDermott down in the next session to be counted out on the 2.15 mark following straight left-rights to the jaw.

A growing lad, within the month Stanley had challenged the world at 114lbs.