1901-12-18 (140lbs) Jim Maloney w rtd 8 (15) Jim Roberts, Atheneum Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, London, England
1901-12-18 (140lbs) Jim Maloney w rtd 8 (15) Jim Roberts, Atheneum Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, London, England. Referee: Ed Plummer. Made at 140lbs, the Sporting Life reported that Roberts (139) was a veritable iron man as he took punches throughout that would have stopped 99 men out of a 100 and although he was forced to the floor on occasion he always got up. The paper stated that some of the punches Maloney (138) rained in on Roberts’ head would have felled an ox, such were their force, and once or twice the latter remained on the floor until the time limit of grace had almost expired before getting up. Following such instances, Roberts would go punch for punch with Maloney before being floored again. In the sixth, Maloney began to work the body and two rounds of this tactic eventually put paid to Roberts’ account. Towards the end of the seventh Maloney sent Roberts down with a terrific blow to the body, the iron man being saved by the bell. A minute’s rest was probably not enough for Roberts at this stage and after two or three blows were exchanged in the eighth he indicated his retirement. Maloney based his English 140lbs title claim on his win over Roberts, only to discover that the South African was really a man called Bob James, who was far removed from championship class. On 23 May 1902, Maloney challenged Eddie Connolly to settle the world 140lbs championship and, a few days later, Bill Nolan challenged all England.