An 18th Century Boxing Match


Bristol, Feb. 14, 1756 “We hear that at a Boxing Match lately fought near this City, the Person who gave the Challenge was found by the Surgeon that attended him in the following melancholy Condition, viz one Eye beaten out, eight Ribs broke, his Brisket sunk in, his Omoplates [shoulder blades] in four Quarters, and his under Jaw-Bone in three pieces; it is said that he is since dead.  The other Combatant had his Nose struck level with his Face, his Collar-Bone broke, and his Left Ear torn off.”

from the The Leeds Intelligencer (Leeds, England), Tuesday, February 24, 1756; pg. 1; Issue 87.

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