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The Great Contest between Sayers & Heenan for £200 a Side & the Championship. The Fight lasted 2 H. 6 M. and resulted in a Draw. Fought near Farnborough on the 17th of April 1860.
[London]: Published by C. Roker, 9 Cross Street, Old Kent Road, S.E, c. 1860 - John Camel Heenan, called "The Bernicia Boy", was born in Troy, NY. He was 6'2" and weighed 192 pounds. His ring career is curious, as he was one of the best American Heavyweights, yet never won a championship fight. He assumed the title, Champion of America after John Morrissey announced his retirement and with his title challenged the British Champion, Tom Sayer. This match, depicted here, was one of the best fought in ring history and although declared a draw, Heenan won considerable renown. For a time Heenan was married to the infamous Adah Isaacs Menken, but refused to acknowledge it. He died at the age of 39. Sayers' career was outstanding. Although he weighed only 160 he fought and beat all comers for 12 years. His fight with Heenan, who outweighed him by 30 pounds made him one of Britain's most popular figures of his time. Obituaries compared him to Wellington! This contest was the first important international match (BOXING) 24 x 19 inches. Colored Lithographic Print. Engraved by J.B. Mackrell and J.B. Rowbotham. The Photographs by G. Bonner. Framed. Not in Magriel
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