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Old 05-04-2006, 01:42 AM
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Default Henry Pearce vs Jem Belcher

Background
The year this bout happen in is 1805, and Henry Pearce (Also known as the Chicken Game) comes into this fight with a perfect 6-0 record vs Jem Belcher. Jem Belcher had lost one of his eyes in a game of racquetball, and thus will be disable coming into the ring with one of the best fighters of the era.

Time: 35 minutes
Location: Blythe, near Doncaster, England
[edit]Bout Summary
In the 1st round, after several feints, Belcher put in a severe blow over Pearce’s guard on his eye that drew copious amounts of blood.

In the 3rd, the Chicken won the round with several hard blows. Blood continued to flow from the Chicken’s eye.

In the 7th, Belcher connected with a severe right hand blow to Pearce’s face. The Chicken got Belcher’s head under his left arm and landed several blows with his right.

In the 8th, Belcher landed several blows with his right, parried the Chicken’s blows with his left, and threw him over the rope and out of the ring.


In the 9th, Belcher hit the Chicken with a sharp blow to the face which cut him severely.

In the 12th, the Chicken rallied furiously and it was apparent that Belcher had lost some of his strength. The Chicken threw Belcher on the rope, had him in a defenseless position, but refused to strike Belcher a knockout blow in this position. The spectators applauded this honorable step.

In the 15th, the Chicken hit Belcher on the lower rib which doubled him up and he fell. The umpire declares this the first knockdown blow.

In the 16th, Belcher landed a feeble blow and the Chicken smiled. He then rallied and had Belcher in the same defenseless position as earlier and again he sportingly refused to hit Belcher. Belcher was thrown and hit one of the stakes, further injuring the lower rib he had previously been hit on. Belcher could not move his left arm from his side and resigned in the 18th round.

Conclusion
Belcher severely punished in fight, but fought gallantly. Pearce, throughout the combat, without a doubt, armed most of his blows towards Belcher’s good eye in trying to close it and he generally succeeded. Belcher, unable to judge length, his blows became just casual attempts as he could not plant them judiciously. He also couldn’t adjust to Pearce’s blows until it was too late to guard against them. Pearce also gave Belcher some tremendous falls. Henry Pearce “The Game Chicken,” never fights again.


This was my first Kuck bout summary I did for boxing rec a year or so ago.
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