Resource: Bebreeched Regency Bare Fist Fighters!

13 January, 2011 at 3:41 pm 2 comments

While boxing is not really my cuppa (means: I like it even less than Formula 1, cricket, tennis and golf), I still found the following pottery plaque (and the story behind it) very fascinating. It must be the breeches!

In January 1824, Thomas Spring (English heavy-weight champion) and Jack Langan  (Irish heavy-weight champion)  fought in Worcester. 50’000 attended the spectacle, and the two gentlemen knuckled it out for 77 rounds (!!!) – 2 hours and 29 minutes!

Thomas Spring won, signed a sponsoring contract with Procter & Gamble and co-starred in a string of TV commercials with David Beckham.
No, he didn’t. But I like the idea.

The crowd in the background covers all classes, and, unusual for a portrayal of that time, there’s also a black gentleman in the audience.

I highly doubt the artist thought “hey, let’s be diverse!”, so there must be a reason for this man’s presence. Now, many fighters were freed slaves, so maybe the gentleman in question was a fighter himself? Did he make a “VIP” appearance in the picture? It would be nice to know, so if any boxing experts should read this: share your knowledge, please!

The Antiques Roadshow expert valued the plaque at between £ 3000 – £ 4000. Not bad for two blokes with whiskers!

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