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Negotiations were completed yester- day for a contest between W. McCoy, middle-weight champion of Tasmania, and Tommy Uren, middle-weight cham- pion of Australia. The only condition not yet decided upon is whether the match will take place in Sydney or Ho- bart. Uren is easily the most classy boxer yet matched against McCoy. For three years, up to last October, Uren was undisputed middle-weight champion of Australia. He was then knocked out in the 19th round, of his contest with

Frankie Burns. Uren had had things all his own way until the final punch landed, and the majority of those pre- sent were of the opinion that Burns was all-in. Uren's defeat was attributed by those present to over-confidence, and   Burns sailed for England without giving   Uren an opportunity to vindicate him- self. This departure of the new cham-  

pion so soon after acquiring supremacy meant that Uren re-inherited the title, owing to its being necessary for a cham-   pion of a country to reside permanent-  

ly therein. Jack Cole, who recently  

drew with McCoy in Hobart, then ar-

rived in Sydney from New Zealand, seek- ing the middle-weight supremacy. Ow- ing to Uren's having decided on a six   months' rest he refused to meet Cole, who claimed the title. The matter has this month been referred to Mr W. F. Corbett, of the "Referee," to decide. He has ruled that Uren can retain the title for six months after re-inheriting it, but must then defend it against a bona-fide contender for the middle-weight crown. This means that the McCoy-Uren battle will carry champion honours and the "Referee" belt.