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prizefight

a boxing match for a prize or purse, esp one of the fights popular in the 18th and 19th centuries
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He started entering prizefights and joined the ROTC his senior year.
Early film form owes much to the conventions of boxing spectatorship, and more significantly many of the formal innovations introduced by prizefight films arose as a means to channel the potential physicality of spectatorship.
The officer's boast that "the force protects the fair" refers both to the surrounding festival grounds sullied by illegal prizefights and a more general sense of equality.
Events in which the outcome is uncertain are Mailer's natural subjects: combat, prizefights (personal combat), and national presidential conventions (political combats).
The betting activity initially revolved around horse races, cricket matches, prizefights and other pursuits such as hare coursing and cock fighting.
Despite fight films' nonfictional subject matter, Streible notes that many of these films were not representations of actual prizefights.
He further developed this sportive image by mandating in 1817 that Drury Lane stage prizefights on Monday evenings, and perhaps even boxing in matches after performing Shakespeare.
There are records of women as well as men participating in London prizefights as long ago as the 1720s, and several of the travelling fairs in the 19th and early 20th Centuries had boxing booths featuring women, partly to attract the crowds but also as genuine contestants.
Brecker popularized marathon dancing until it was banned, staged female prizefights, yoyo exhibitions, sneezing contests, and dozens of highly publicized jazz weddings with couples who had met at the club.
The sporting weeklies published in New York City on Saturdays and Sundays in the early 1840s specialized in tales of men enjoying prostitutes, prizefights, gambling, saloons, and theaters.
For the second consecutive year, ISRI's Chicago Chapter will present "Rumble at the Roundtable," featuring professional prizefights, dinner and cocktails, with proceeds benefiting the Chapter's scholarship fund.
A Matter of Soul" celebrates music in Chicago, highbrow culture in the midst of corrupt politics, ball games, and prizefights.