1903-10-31 (126lbs) Spike Robson w pts 20 George Justice, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England
1903-10-31 (126lbs) Spike Robson w pts 20 George Justice, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Referee: J. R. Smoult. Made at 126lbs, the contest started in hurricane fashion with Robson twice sent to the boards in the second round from swinging rights to the body. Somehow coming up fresh for the third Robson began to monopolise the rounds with scoring blows to head and body before having to get up from another heavy smash to the body at the end of the sixth. From thereon though, Robson frequently landed both lefts and rights to Justice’s face, and whilst the latter’s punches were ineffective for most of the time he came back well in the last five sessions without doing too much damage. A deserving winner, Robson laid claim to the English title immediately following the fight. On 25 April 1904, the Sporting Life reported that Jack Roberts should still be recognised as the English 126lbs champion, having never been beaten for that title - the Will Curley loss being at 128lbs and the Ben Jordan defeat at 124lbs. Then, on 17 August 1904, Jim Driscoll was reported in the Mirror of Life to be the English 126lbs champion. But while the Welshman had beaten some good men at the time it would be close on two years before he would capture the English title.