Ned O’Baldwin Shot

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     In early March 1873, bare knuckle prizefighter Ned “The Irish Giant” O’Baldwin was preparing for a potential match with Jem Mace, who claimed the World Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Championship.  However, before O’Baldwin could face Mace, he served as a second for a friend and fellow prizefighter named Hicken.      Professional fighting in the 19th Century enjoyed a

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Farmer Burns Wears Out Jack King

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    Martin “Farmer” Burns reportedly trained over 1,000 wrestlers in his career as America’s foremost wrestling trainer.   However, Burns was a great wrestler in his own right.  Before he retired to train wrestlers full-time, Burns won the American Heavyweight Wrestling Championship from Evan “The Strangler” Lewis in 1895.  Burns held the title for two years.      In

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Ketchel Starches Sullivan

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     Mike “Twin” Sullivan claimed the Welterweight World Boxing Championship, when he decisioned Honey Mellody in April 1907.  Possessing both heavy hands and better than normal boxing skills, Sullivan claimed victories over the great Joe Gans and future Welterweight World Boxing Champion Harry Lewis during his career.  Lewis won the welterweight title, when Sullivan could no longer make the

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Zbyszko Defeats Westergard

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     On January 10, 1912, Stanislaus Zbyszko continued his campaign for another title shot with World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Frank Gotch.  To press his claim, he secured a match with Gotch training partner and protegé, Jake Westergard.  Westergard claimed a questionable win over his mentor Gotch, who probably dropped the match to Westergard in a prearranged match.    

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Irish Giant Bashes Wormald

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     On October 29, 1868, “Irish Giant” Ned O’Baldwin and English prizefighter Joe Wormald met in a bare knuckle prize-fight outside of Boston in Lynnville, Massachusetts.  O’Baldwin stood 6’06” tall and weighed around 220 pounds.  Possessed of a violent disposition, O’Baldwin had the perfect attitude for the ring but poor social skills outside of it.      Fans of

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