1887-10-15 (148lbs) Tom Lees drew 5 (finish) Bill Chesterfield Goode, Waites Brewer Street Rooms, Soho, London, England

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1887-10-15 (148lbs) Tom Lees drew 5 (finish) Bill Chesterfield Goode, Waites Brewer Street Rooms, Soho, London, England. Referee: J. T. Hulls. A return match at catchweights, Lees (164) surprised Goode (148) when taking up the attack from the opening bell, the Englishman being left rather nonplussed for a few minutes before he began working the body. Nonetheless, with Lees doing far better than in their first contest it took Goode a while to catch up but by the fifth he was right back in it. At the start of that session, with Lees forcing Goode around the ring there was some heavy fighting before both tired from their exertions. When someone shouted ‘time’ both fighters went to their respective corners, which prompted the timekeeper to stand up and announce that it was not he who had called ‘time’ and that both men should carry on. Goode immediately responded by rushing the still seated Lees, who had obviously not heard the timekeeper amongst the ensuing din, and hit him so hard that his head came into contact with the ring post. With Lees’ corner claiming a foul and Goode saying that he had only obeyed the orders of the timekeeper the referee told the men to box on, but when this decision caused an uproar the third man left the building, stating that he would see the fighters and their representatives at noon the next day.

At the meeting, after Mr Dunning, the timekeeper, stated that only two minutes and 25 seconds of the round had elapsed the referee decided that a draw would be a fair result as he had no jurisdiction to force the men to meet again. The following March (1888) the Midland Sporting News reported that Goode should be recognised as the English 148lbs champion. Regardless of that statement, it would be the Imperial British Empire title that the Australian-born Lees would be claiming.