1901-01-21 (126lbs) Jack Roberts w co 7 (15) Will Curley, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1901-01-21 (126lbs) Jack Roberts w co 7 (15) Will Curley, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Billed for the English 126lbs title it had soon become an exciting contest with both men hammering in blows from head to body, and in the third round a right to the head had Roberts (125) hanging over the bottom rope. In the fourth Curley (125½) had Roberts, who was extremely dazed, over again but an appeal for a foul was not upheld. Subsequently, Roberts came right back at Curley, and in the sixth after missing wildly the latter fell through the ropes. On getting to his feet it was clear that Curley was in a bad way, but on throwing another wild right he put Roberts down. Raising himself up Roberts charged into Curley before being dropped to his knees after the Newcastle man had held with the left and hit with the right. Just as if nothing had happened Roberts came out for the seventh full of vim, battering Curley with both hands before a right hand to the head put the latter down for the count. After Curley was counted out, more from exhaustion than anything else, the Sporting Life claimed that Roberts had made the most remarkable comeback ever seen at the club to land the title.
A day later Roberts announced his retirement from boxing in order to take up music hall engagements, but by 1 March he was saying that he was the English champion, which he repeated throughout the year.