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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Ringer Throws Wasem

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     On Saturday, November 25, 1899, St. Louis wrestling fans experienced a shock, when a visiting wrestler easily threw local champion Oscar Wasem in a little over 20 minutes.  After the easy victory, fans smelled a rat, when the “Indianapolis Cyclone” spoke with a Lancashire accent.      Oscar Wasem surpassed George Baptiste as St. Louis’ wrestling champion in

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Prizefighters Meet in Liverpool Pub

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     For the October 5, 1861 edition of the Cincinnati Daily Press, editors pulled a story off the wire service from the Spirit of the Times.  The wire story reported on a fight between former English prizefighting champion Tom Sayers and current English champion Jem Mace.      Both Sayers and Mace were touring with English circuses, when they stopped in

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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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