1887-08-30 (156lbs) Bill Chesterfield Goode w rtd 15 (finish) Tom Lees, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England
1887-08-30 (156lbs) Bill Chesterfield Goode w rtd 15 (finish) Tom Lees, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Although billed for the English 156lbs championship, as Lees (155) not eligible it was the Imperial British Empire title that he and Goode (152) should have been contesting. With Goode forcing the fight from the start, especially with body blows, by the ninth round his superior strength began to tell. In the 15th, after a right to the jaw almost knocked Lees out, in following up his advantage Goode dropped his man again. From then on Lees became the receiver general before being retired at 2.10 of the session when one of his seconds threw up the sponge. Both the Sportsman and the Sporting Life, who had reporters on the scene, stated that the fight was terminated during the 15th round, while the Daily Telegraph man had it lasting 17 rounds. The 5 September edition of the Sporting Life reported that the contest lasted 58 minutes, ten seconds, not one hour, 12 minutes as had been given elsewhere.