1883-11-27 (146lbs) Bill Chesterfield Goode w rtd 21 (finish) Dick Roberts, The Rodney Arms Public House, Walworth, London, England
1883-11-27 (146lbs) Bill Chesterfield Goode w rtd 21 (finish) Dick Roberts, The Rodney Arms Public House, Walworth, London, England. Continuing their battle of eight days earlier, Goode claimed the English 146lbs title on his victory. Once again both men fought all the way, concentrating on the body as well as mixing their punches up, and in the fifth Roberts was knocked down by a right hand to the jaw. Although Roberts was the more skilful, by the 12th round he was tiring badly and at the end of the 13th he had to be carried to his corner after Goode got through with some heavy rights. The money was now all on Goode and Roberts was dropped in the 14th before gamely fighting on in a beaten condition until 2.50 of the 21st session, when his seconds threw up the sponge and jumped into the ring to save him from being battered at will. Following this, two championship competitions at 146lbs in London during 1884 saw Johnny Robinson stop Arthur Cooper inside two rounds on 16 April at the Horse Shoe Public House, Clerkenwell, London and Alec Roberts outpoint Cooper over three rounds on 16 June at the St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London. On 7 March 1885, Goode challenged the world at 146lbs, something he repeated in the Sporting Life a little over two months later, on 21 May.