Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Old Smoke

Promotional print for an upcoming boxing match around 1860.
Tom Sayers, Champion of England was scheduled to fight the
OLD SMOKE, John Morrissey. In those days they used no
gloves. It was a fight with their bare fists. Also there was no
limit on the number of rounds. Usually the fight was only
stopped when the mob rushed into the ring. There were no
weight divisions either. A guy who weighted 125 lbs. could
go against a two-hundred pounder and no one thought anything
of it.

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