Boxing in the 19th Century

No, I'm absolutely being serious, Amy. I'm not listening to another one of your tantrums. Calm down and then tell me what's happened this time in the 19th century.

Ya, well both Barker and Sam have been here the past coupla days. And we were all getting along pretty well, like, ya know, I think they were both into me.

Sounds like quite the understatement to me. Until? Might that be the next word you want to say? UNTIL?

I swear all we did was go for a friggin' walk around the mansion! And then Sam started sayin' nasty things to Barker, like, he was  from the lower class and should leave me alone 'cause he's poor and not good enough for me, and then he told him he smelled like a swine, whatever that is. And that's when the fight started.


A fight?!  Sam told Barker that he smells?

I thought guys in the 19th century were supposed to be dashing and refined.

Yeah, it was effing crazy. But then Barker started to push Sam around, so I got between them and tried to stop them from fighting.

And then?

Then, Charlotte and a coupla the women who are visiting here ran out of the mansion to see what all the yelling was about. 

Honestly, Amy, can't you just engage in a hobby in the 19th century like young women normally did back then?

How about needlepoint? There you go. Something to keep you out of trouble. 

I'm pretty sure that George isn't happy with you staying in his mansion at the moment with all the things going on since you've arrived. Let's see ... should we list them just for fun?

You've been thought of as a spy
You've told everyone you are can see the future 

Boxing became part of the Olympic games in about 688 B.C. and is currently both an Olympic and Commonwealth games sport. It also has its own World Championship competition.

The first rules of boxing, called Broughton's Rules, were introduced by Jack Broughton in 1743 for the protection of the fighters. These rules stipulated that if a man went down for 30 seconds, the fight would immediately be over.

In 1868 when you currently live, Jem Mace is a famous bare-knuckle boxer in England.

In 1869 he will relocate to the United States where he will tour with the celebrated American John C. Heenan to give exhibitions of boxing with gloves. Bare knuckle-boxing is about to be outlawed.

In 1910, in Southwark, England, a former church will be turned into a boxing arena called The Ring when Dick Burge and his wife, Bella, lease the property, intending to turn it into an arena catering to a working class audience. In 1914, Bella Burge will become the first woman to attend a boxing match, and soon her friends and other women will become regular attendees as well.

Bella will continue to oversee The Ring after her husband dies in 1918, and will run it until the building is destroyed in 1940 by a German bomb.