1888-02-18 (150lbs) Alec Roberts w pts 12 Alec Burns, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England
1888-02-18 (150lbs) Alec Roberts w pts 12 Alec Burns, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Referee: George Dunning. In a rematch, Roberts (146) eliminated Burns (149) from the title race when collecting the decision after a rattling good contest. Both men were down in the eighth, but in forcing the fight from early on Burns had weakened himself by the halfway stage and that point Roberts took full advantage. Roberts showed a great left jab and much cleverness, while Burns proved himself to be a great competitor who carried a heavy punch in both hands.
In America, on 20 February 1888, Ed Binney beat Johnny Banks (w rtd 14 at the Pelican Club, Boston, Massachusetts) in defence of his ‘black’ title claim. Billed for 12 rounds, the referee, Joe Lannon, was unable to separate the two men at that point and asked them if they could box on until a winner could be found, which came about after Banks quit having taken a shellacking in the 14th session. Another ‘black’ title fight for Binney that supposedly took place in Boston following this date resulted in a stoppage win over Wiley Evans. As yet, however, I have been unable to locate a fight report.
Towards the end of February 1889, Ted Pritchard challenged the world, preferably Nonpareil Jack Dempsey, to decide the world middleweight title at 150lbs. A few days later Bill Chesterfield Goode accepted the challenge, on the proviso that the winner should take Dempsey on for the world title.