1887-10-17 (148/150lbs) Alec Roberts drew 11 (12) Alec Burns, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England
1887-10-17 (148/150lbs) Alec Roberts drew 11 (12) Alec Burns, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Referee: E. Sampson. Although made at catchweights, with this one thought to involve the English 150lbs title it got underway in a fast and furious fashion with Burns forcing the pace. Extremely even up until around the seventh the fighters then started to hold on in order to conserve their energy, but there was so much noise that it was impossible to hear the referee above the din. At that stage the referee decided to depart, regardless of all the efforts that were made to get him to stay, and at the conclusion of the fight the award of the judges was never made known.
The Sporting Life reported that the fight ended in the 11th round while other papers gave it as the 12th or 13th, so take your pick. Roberts, the claimant of the English 148lbs title, was considered to have defended his claim in this one even though Burns (149½) was slightly over.
On 25 January 1888, Roberts outpointed Arthur Cooper over three rounds at the St Andrew’s Hall, Westminster, London to win a 148lbs championship competition.