prize fighting

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prize fighting:

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sport of fighting with fists, also called pugilism and prizefighting. Early History

Depicted on the walls of tombs at Beni Hasan in Egypt, dating from about 2000 to 1500 B.C., boxing is one of the oldest forms of competition.
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Travelling fairs, theatre, prize fighting, cricket and of course the many ways of gambling either for the gentry or the commoner are all described.
In the days leading up to the fight the Home Secretary was questioned in the House of Commons about prize fighting and confirmed that it constituted an unlawful assembly.
He is the author of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America and Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America among other books.
Boxing has had a rather chequered history since its origins in prize fighting, evolving into the glove bout sport of today and the adoption of the so-called 'Queensberry Rules' in 1865.
In the opposite corner, tough Ghanaian Quartey also lays claim to one of the best jabs and biggest hearts in prize fighting, and no one's ever stopped him either - even though he has shared the ring with the likes of Oscar De La Hoya (whom he had down and nearly beat, losing a split decision), Fernando Vargas and most recently Vernon Forrest.
Also at the property were a fighting pit with dogs' blood splattered on it, a treadmill, used to improve dogs' stamina, weighing scales, breaking sticks, used to prize fighting dogs' jaws apart, and homemade veterinary kits used to treat injured dogs on site and not arouse suspicion from vets, and books and magazines on the subject.
Filmmakers have also found prize fighting to be a rich source of drama in which to examine issues of race and class.
Spain devotes a chapter to temperance, one that follows a more general chapter on "social evils" such as Sabbath breaking, gambling, crime, and prize fighting.
A spokesman for Bridgend County Borough Council, which runs the recreation centre, said: ``I think people have the view that it's going to be like the old prize fighting, but it's not.