1888-09-25 (148lbs) Alec Roberts drew 53 (finish) Arthur Bobbett, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England
1888-09-25 (148lbs) Alec Roberts drew 53 (finish) Arthur Bobbett, Paradise Street School of Arms, Lambeth, London, England. Referee Bernard J. Angle. Later given as a 148lbs English title defence by Roberts (147½), the bout was declared to be a draw with 15 seconds of the 53rd round still remaining and both men out on their feet with nothing between them. There had only been two knockdowns, neither being of note, with Roberts generally the aggressor, using both hands well to head and body, and Bobbett showing himself defensively adept, especially when making his man miss. In the 50th it was clear that Roberts was suffering from cramp and with Bobbett standing his ground despite his right hand being of little use the fight almost fizzled out, which ultimately led to the referee’s decision.
This was the final bout of Roberts’ career and he passed away on 5 October 1899, aged 39, of acute pneumonia.
On 14 October, Jack Hickey challenged all England at weights between 148 and 154lbs, but his career was over by the following year after he was charged with manslaughter.