Defeats Tom Cannon; billed as "the champion of England" and defeats Edwin Bibby, "the champion of America", on 1882/08/07 in New York, NY to be recognized as world champion; also billed as the champion of America as of 1887/02.
Evan "Strangler" Lewis
Chicago, IL, USA
Also defeats greco-roman title holder Ernest Roeber on 1893/03/02 in New Orleans, LA in a mixed-style match with greco-roman
and catch-as-catch-can styles in best of 5 falls to become American Heavyweight champion.