1888-11-05 (138lbs) Johnny Robinson drew 12 Dick Burge, St George’s Drill Hall, Newcastle, England
1888-11-05 (138lbs) Johnny Robinson drew 12 Dick Burge, St George’s Drill Hall, Newcastle, England. Referee: Mr E. Pike. Billed for the English 138lbs title, the distance was cut from 20 rounds on the insistence of the local authorities. Although being dropped in the sixth, Robinson (136½) appeared to have the better of Burge (138), when forcing the contest most of the way and getting home to the body on many occasions. Burge, who had been punched from the ring in the 11th round, was then driven to the ropes continuously until the final bell.
Regardless of the distance, both men claimed the title at the weight and while Robinson moved up in weight, Burge continued to claim it before becoming the main man despite Joe Wilson challenging all England.
By early 1893, however, Burge returned from America having failed to make a match with Jack McAuliffe, who declined on the grounds that his best fighting weight was 133lbs. On 15 July 1893, the Sporting Life reported that Burge had again challenged McAuliffe to a contest that would settle the 138lbs world title, especially now that neither of them could get below 136lbs any longer, but that challenge also came to nothing.