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Old 10-08-2011, 12:47 PM
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The Champions & Big Fights of the Broughton & LPR Rules Era.
This Thread Will Have Reports of the fighters and the fights from James Figg To Bob Fitzsimmons as well as trivia.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------THE NEW YORK HERALD
October 22, 1858.
"The fight of the century."
John Morrissey vs John Heenan
Prize Fighting was outlawed in the United States and
this heavyweight fight was staged across the border
from Buffalo in Canada.


THE GREAT PRIZE FIGHT
The Combat of Morrissey and Heenan
for the "Championship" of America
Quarter of a Million of Dollars Staked
on the Result
Appearence of the Champions Before and
After the Fight
MORRISSEY VICTORIOUS
ACHIEVEMENTS OF MODERN CHIVALRY.
SKETCHES OF THE COMBATANTS
THE WAY THEY WERE TRAINED.
TRIUMPH OF BRUTALITY
The fight between John Morrissey and John Heenan,
the Benicia Boy, came off Wednesday afternoon at Long
Point, Canada, between seventy and eighty miles from
Buffalo. Eleven terrific rounds were fought in twenty-
two minutes, when Morrissey was declared the victor.
A more severe fight for the time it lasted never took
place in this country. Morrissey was the favorite at one
hundred to sixty. About two thousand persons witnessed
the fight, who behaved themselves in the most or-
derly manner, and everything passed off very quietly.
Morrissey was seconded by Kelly, of Australia, and an
assistant. The Benicia Boy was seconded by Aaron
Jones, an English pugilist, and Johnny Mackey. Per-
sons from all parts of the United States and Canada
were present to witness the fight. Heenan had the best of
the fight at the commencement, but after the fifth round
Morrissey took the lead and kept it. He has improved
greatly in his style since his fight with Yankee Sullivan.

The fight is over and the battle won. Another of those
brutal exhibitions which disgrace the civilization of the
age - a relic of the barbarism of old Rome and the Mid-
dle Ages - has taken place, and the victor, wearing the
laurels of triumph, is the "observed of all observers,"
and is admired and acknowledged as the champion gladia-
tor of America. Are we at the height of progress in
civilization that we claim to be, or are we in a condition
that the laws, moral and legal, are powerless to prevent
these occasional disgraceful displays of human brutality?
In spite of the laws prohibiting prize fighting, two men
have been allowed to prepare for a contest, which might
have resulted in the death of one or the other of the par-
ties engaged, in the very face of the officers of law,
and almost in the sanctuary of justice. Pretended efforts
of the authorities were made to arrest the principals in
the affair, but which, in fact, were only a notification for
them to select a locality out of their immediate jurisdic-
tion, and which would afford greater facilities for the of-
ficers themselves to learn how matters were progressing.
The laws of this State do not tolerate prize fighting, but a
successful prize fighter seems to hold a prominent position
among the politically pious and moral of the community.
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JAMES FIGGThe FATHER Of BOXING
James Figg was born to a poor farming family in Thame, Oxfordshire in 1684 (or 1695, depending on which source you read). He was the youngest of seven children and grew up a tough little nut, going to local fairs and challenging the prize fighters in the booths there. He based himself at the Greyhound Inn in Cornmarket in Thame, where he could be challenged, and gave self-defence lessons. By the time he was a grown man he was 6 feet tall and around 185lbs, fit and fast, and travelled to fairs throughout the Midlands where he challenged all-comers from noon until sundown. He taught himself to fight with a short-sword, a staff and a club, and staged exhibitions of his skill at the fairs (very clever, as it avoided taking on an opponent for at least part of his day).
Gambling was an enormous part of bare-knuckle boxing (as it still is), and the Earl of Peterborough, a man who liked his sport and is gambling, happened to see Figg fight and offered to back him. Figg moved to London and set up home near Oxford Street. He opened his 'Amphitheatre' just north of Oxford Street, where he trained gentlemen in the 'art' of pugilism and self-defence. He also fought at Southwark Fair in his own booth, where he was known for taking on multiple opponents and beating them all. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By 1720, he was openly acknowledged as London champion, and fought for money regularly, with the matches being advertised in the newspapers. There were three rounds in an organized prize-fight: the first with short-swords, the second with fists and the third with the staff (sometimes a club). There was considerable skill involved, and considerable money; it was said that sometimes as much as 3000l could be wagered on a single match. It was also pretty brutal, with the bare-knuckle fight allowing slapping, kicking, biting and gouging.
Sometime before 1723, Figg let his Amphitheatre to another boxing master and began to prize-fight on a regular basis at 'The Boarded House' behind Oxford Street, in Marylebone-Fields. It was not only men who fought there, but women and animals. Figg fought about once a month, and his opponents included Christopher Clarkson The Lancashire Soldier, Philip MacDonald The Dublin Carpenter, James Stokes Citizen of London (and husband of the famous lady-boxer Elizabeth Stokes). However, Figg's greatest opponent was Ned Sutton of Gravesend. Sutton was the only person Figg ever lost to, but he regained his title as champion on the next bout. In around 250 fights, Figg recorded only one defeat. His most talented pupil, Jack Broughton continued to run his school and was instrumental in setting the first rules of boxing in 1743.
James Figg was enormously famous during his own lifetime with many of the aristocracy attending both his school and his fights. He was a great popular hero as well, and a familiar sight around the streets of the West End. William Hogarth, who both painted his portrait and allegedly designed his trade card (in the gallery) declared him 'the master of the noble science of defence'. There was one opponent Figg could not defend himself against however, and in early December, 1734 at the end of an astonishing career, this notice appeared in the papers:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Last Saturday there was a Trial of Skill between the unconquered Hero, Death, on the one side and till then the unconquered Hero Mr James Figg, the famous Prize-Fighter and Master of the Noble Science of Defence on the other: The Battle was most obstinately fought on both sides, but at last the former obtained an Entire Victory and the latter tho' he was obliged to submit to a Superior Foe yet fearless and with Disdain he retired and that Evening expired at his house in Oxford Road".

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Old 10-08-2011, 01:07 PM
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Undated (Prior to 1719)
-Figg was well-known as a skilled with swordsman and cudgel fighter;
When he opened a fighting school, he devoted most of his time to
boxing; Over time, he was recognized as the best boxer in England

1719
Sep 18 -Figg claimed the Championship of England and opened
an amphitheatre on Oxford Road in London, Eng

1720-1723
Timothy Buck London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Tom Stokes London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Bill Flanders London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Chris Clarkson London, Eng W
-Championship of England

1724
Ned Sutton Gravesend, Eng L
-Some sources report Championship of England

1725
May 31 Ned Sutton London, Eng W
-Some sources report Championship of England

1727
May 23 Ned Sutton London, Eng (1:00:00) EX
May 30 Ned Sutton London, Eng (1:00:00) EX
Jun 6 Ned Sutton London, Eng (10:00) W 8
-Championship of England

1730
-Figg announced his retirement from the ring and
relinquished the Championship of England

1733
May 6 Jack Broughton London, Eng EX
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Pugilist John (Jack) Broughton***8217;s portrait is taken from the first issue of Famous Fights.
Born in 1703, dying in 1789, he is considered the founder of the British Prize Ring.

We learn that, ***8220;John Broughton, the waterman, became pugilistic Champion of England, and soon made fist-fighting the most popular sport in the kingdom. He was a big man, standing over 5 ft. 11 in., and weighing between 14 st. and 15 st. [196-210 pounds]. His fine, commanding, athletic figure, his keen, bright eyes and bold, intelligent face gave him a most prepossessing appearance.***8221;

Not only was he a big man, but he could move too, according to the paper, ***8220;For a big man he was remarkably active, and used both hands with lightning rapidity.***8221;

He was a sports superstar in England receiving patronage from Royalty, enabling him to set up a boxing amphitheatre in Hanway Street, a road which still exists today just off Oxford Street, London. Here Broughton***8217;s team would put on boxing exhibitions for the general public. According to Famous Fights Broughton flourished.

Broughton created a boxing school where he gave private lessons. The first mention of the use of boxing gloves (mufflers) appeared in an advert for boxing lessons placed by Broughton in the Daily Advertiser February 1747. Famous Fights gives the advert in full: ***8220;Mr. Broughton proposes, with proper assistance, to open an academy at his house in the Haymarket, for the instruction of those who are willing to be instructed in the mystery of boxing, where the whole theory and practise of that truly British art, with all the various stops, blows, cross-buttocks, etc, incident to combatants, will be fully taught and explained; and that persons of quality and distinction may not be debarred from entering into a course of these lectures, they will be given with the utmost tenderness and regard to the delicacy of the frame and constitution of the pupil; for which reason mufflers are provided, that will effectively secure them from the inconveniencing of black eyes, broken jaws, and bloody noses.***8221;

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-Broughton began his career with some turn-up matches in Bristol, Eng

Sep an unnamed opponent W 10

1726-1732
-Broughton defeated a number of opponents and became a favorite of James Figg

1733
May 6 James Figg London, Eng EX 6

1734
Tom Pipes W
-Some sources indicate possible Championship of England contest
Tom Pipes W
-Some sources indicate possible Championship of England contest

1734-1736
Bill Gretting W
-Some sources indicate possible Championship of England contest
Bill Gretting W
-Some sources indicate possible Championship of England contest

1736
George Taylor London, Eng (20:00) W
-Championship of England

1737-1740
"Buckhorse" John Smith London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Prince Boswell London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Will Willis London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Sailor Field London, Eng W
-Championship of England

1741
Apr 24 George Stevenson London, Eng (35:00) W 4
-Championship of England;
Stevenson died

May -Broughton announced his retirement from the ring (only to return later)

1743
Mar 10 -Broughton opened the amphitheatre, Oxford Street, London, Eng
Mar 13 -Broughton announced his comeback and reclaimed the Championship of England
Aug 16 -Brought published his famous "Rules of the Ring"

1744-1746
Chicken Harris London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Jack James London, Eng W
-Championship of England
Tom Smallwood London, Eng W
-Championship of England

1747
Feb -Broughton invented mufflers (boxing gloves) used in sparring contests

1750
Apr 10 Jack Slack London, Eng (14:00) L 4
-Championship of England;
Some sources report 4/11/1747

1767
Apr an unnamed opponent Lambeth, Eng (15:00) W
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ALLOW Me................................................ .................................................. .......... POETRY OF THE PRIZE RING - Three or four weeks ago we
published the bellicose ballad of some British bard, predicting
the utter defeat of John Heenan in the fight for the champion-
ship. Happily for our side, the friends of the champion of
England have no monopoly of the muses.

HEENAN, IRELAND'S PRIDE


I am a bold American,
John Heenan is my name,
To fight Tom Sayers, of high renown,
Three thousand miles I came,
My age is five and twenty,
My height is six feet two,
And born of Irish parents,
Of metal bold and true.

So, now, my lads, I'll bodly strive,
To gain myself a name,
To win and wear the English belt,
Three thousand miles I came.

So cheer up, you lads of Erin's Isle,
And never be dismayed,
I'm the son of a true-bred Irishman,
And never was afraid;
I'll show these English boasting lads,
Now I've come over here,
How Donnelly conquered Cooper
In the county of Kildare.

On the sixteenth day of April,
Which most of you know,
I'll teach brave Tommy how to box,
When with him toe to toe;
If fortune should but favor me,
Which I have but little doubt,
I'll silence all those boasting lads,
And stop the lion's mouth.

The stars and stripes of America,
Shall never be put to shame;
Right manfully I'll stive my boys,
The colors of Old England,
Which long have borne the sway,
And British boxing both must fade,
Upon that glorious day.

It's not for brave Tom's gold, my boys,
That I've come here to fight,
For all his hard-won honors,
Have no pleasure in my sight;
But to gain a lasting name, my boys,
And let Old England know,
It's a pleasure in J. Heenan's breast,
To help a fallen foe.

In a twenty-four rope ring, my boys,
Before my noble foe,
With youth and strength upon my side,
I cannot call a "go;"
I've a giant's power in my arn,
Brave Tom he must give in,
And as friendly as I enter it,
So I will leave the ring.

So now my song is ended,
I've nothing more to say,
But I'm sure to beat your champion,
Should I receive fair play;
And if he'll sail away with me,
Across the Atlantic sea,
I'll try to heal the wound I've made,
Through his lost victory.
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Jack Slack
(the "Norfolk Butcher") 1743
-Slack defeated three local opponents and was recognized
as the Champion of Norfolk

1744
Jun 24 Daniel Smith East Anglia, Eng (20:00) W
Nov 12 Daniel Smith Framlingham, Eng (45:00) W 18

1745-1747
-Slack defeated several opponents in provincial rings
Tom Auger New Buckingham, Eng SCH
-This fight was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1748
-Slack sold his butcher shop to his brother and moved to London, Eng
Oct 12 Ned Hunt London, Eng (40:00) W 8

1749
Feb 9 Sailor Field London, Eng (1:32:00) W
-Slack opened a School of Boxing in Bristol, Eng
John James (4:00) W

1750
Jan 31 George Taylor London, Eng (25:00) L 17
Apr 11 Jack Broughton London, Eng (14:00) W 4
-Championship of England;
Some sources report 5/10/50

1751
Jul 29 Monsieur Petit Harlston, Eng (25:00) W 7
-Championship of England;
Some sources report 1754

1755
Mar 13 Cornelius Harris Bristol, Eng (20:00) W 5
-Championship of England

1759
Oct 20 Jack Moreton Acton Wells, Eng (35:00) W
-Championship of England

1760
Jun 17 William Stevens London, Eng (27:00) L
-Championship of England
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DANIEL MENDOZA

Born: July 5, 1764 in Aldgate, London, England
Died: September 3, 1836

Daniel Mendoza was the first Jewish prize-fighter to become a champion. Though he stood only 5'7" and weighed 160 pounds, Mendoza was England***8217;s sixteenth Heavyweight Champion from 1792 to 1795. Always proud of his heritage, he billed himself as Mendoza the Jew.

He is the father of scientific boxing. At a time when the sport of boxing consisted primarily of barehanded slugging, Mendoza introduced the concept of defense. He developed the guard, the straight left, and made use of side*stepping tactics. This new strategy, the Mendoza School, also referred to as the Jewish School, was criticized in some circles as cowardly. But it permitted Mendoza to fully capitalize on his small stature, speed, and punching power.

His first recorded prizefight was a knockout of an opponent, known as Harry the Coalheaver, whom he dispatched in 40 rounds. A victory in his first professional fight in 1787 won him the patronage of the Prince of Wales (later George IV), the first boxer to earn this honor. His acceptance by British royalty (he was the first Jew ever to speak to England***8217;s King George III) helped elevate the position of the Jew in English society and stem a vicious tide of anti-Semitism that many Englishmen read into Shakespeare***8217;s characterization of Shylock in his play The Merchant of Venice.

Mendoza had a series of storied matches against rival Richard Humphries, one each in 1788, 1789, and 1790. He lost the first battle in 29 rounds but won the latter pair in 52 and 15
Daniel Mendoza, ***8220;Mendoza the Jew***8221; rounds. He laid claim to
the English boxing title in 1791 when the prevailing champion, Benjamin Brain, retired. Another top English boxer, Bill Warr, contested Mendoza***8217;s claim. In May 1792, the two met to settle the matter in Croydon, England. Mendoza was victorious in 23 rounds. Warr and Mendoza met again in November 1794, and this time it took the champion only 15 minutes to dispose of the challenger.

Mendoza, a descendant of Spanish Marranos (Jews coerced into conversion to Christianity) who had lived in London for nearly a century, became such a popular figure in England that songs were written about him, and his name appeared in scripts of numerous plays. His personal appearances would fill theaters, portraits of him and his fights were popular subjects for artists, and commemorative medals were struck in his honor.

Daniel Mendoza was one of the inaugural group elected in 1954 to the Boxing Hall of Fame and of the inaugural class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
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