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Very early boxing...

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July 30, 1811

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, July 30, 1811

* Tom "The Moor" Molineaux
* African-American bare-knuckle boxer

Page 3 has a one paragraph report about a boxing match near London between Molineux, the famous black man from New York, and a young Englishman named Rimmer. The report states in part: "...In the course of 15 minutes the black pounded his antagonist most tremendously..." with mention that various spectators: "...from pique or sympathy, crowded in the ring and fought promiscuously about twenty minutes." Says there were 15,000 spectators of all ranks at the brutal exhibition.
Four pages, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War