1883-11-19 (146lbs) Bill Chesterfield Goode drew 9 (finish) Dick Roberts, Hackney, London, England
1883-11-19 (146lbs) Bill Chesterfield Goode drew 9 (finish) Dick Roberts, Hackney, London, England. Using a 12-foot ring in private rooms it was stopped when there were cries of police and the gaslights were turned out. Articled under MoQ Rules with gloves, the Sporting Life reported that a more determined contest for endurance had never taken place and each round was fiercely fought with neither man taking a rest. Goode (146) was beginning to get on top at the time of the stoppage, having dropped Roberts (140) twice in the seventh and once again in the eighth, but when the lights went out after 1.22 of the ninth the referee called it off and declared that the contest would be continued at a later date.
Earlier, men who had won championship competitions at the weight were Young Johnny Walker (who outpointed George Say over three rounds on 20 October 1881 at The Griffin Public House, Shoreditch, London) and Arthur Cooper (who outpointed George Roberts, over three rounds on 23 January 1882 at the Goldsmith Arms Public House, Clerkenwell, London). Walker, whose real surname was Badman, was the son of a well-known bare-fist fighter.