Life and Reminiscences of a 19th Century Gladiator

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J.A. Hearn & Company, 1892 - Boxers (Sports) - 294 pages
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Page 29 - These sayings are true at all times, and equally true that " a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
Page 246 - ... from the rails, each second is to bring his man to the side of the square and place him opposite to the other, and till they are fairly set-to at the lines, it shall not be lawful for the one to strike the other.
Page 15 - Amid the confusion presented by the fiercest and closest cavalry fight which had ever been seen, many individuals distinguished themselves by feats of personal strength and valour. Among these should not be forgotten Shaw, a corporal of the Life Guards, well known as a pugilistic champion, and equally formidable as a swordsman.
Page 248 - That on no consideration whatever shall any person be permitted to enter the ring during the battle nor till it shall have been concluded; and that in the event of such unfair practice, or the ropes or stakes being disturbed or removed, it shall be in the power...
Page 249 - ... parties be strictly bound by these rules ; and that in future all articles of agreement for a contest be entered into with a strict and willing adherence to the letter and spirit of these rules. 22. — That in the event of magisterial or other interference, or in case of darkness coming on, the referee (or stakeholder, in case no referee has been chosen) shall have the power to name the time and place for the next meeting, if possible on the same day, or as soon after as may be.
Page 250 - The rounds to be of three minutes duration, and one minute time between rounds. 4. If either man fall, through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted; ten seconds to be allowed him to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to his corner, and when the fallen man is on his legs the round is to be resumed and continued until the three minutes have expired.
Page 249 - That a blow struck when a man is thrown or down shall be deemed foul. That a man with one knee and one hand on the ground, or with both knees on the ground, shall be deemed down ; and a blow given in either of these positions shall be considered foul, providing always that, when in such position, the man so down shall not himself strike or attempt to strike.
Page 247 - That two umpires shall be chosen by the seconds or backers to watch the progress of the battle, and take exception to any breach of the rules hereafter stated. That a referee shall be chosen by the umpires, unless otherwise agreed on, to whom all disputes shall be referred; and that the decision of...
Page 250 - ... time" shall be called by the party appointed, and the man absent from the scratch in eight seconds after shall be deemed to have lost the fight. The decision in all cases to be given promptly and irrevocably, for which purpose the umpires and the referee should be invariably close together. 26. That if in a rally at the ropes a man steps outside the ring to avoid his antagonist or to escape punishment, he shall forfeit the battle.
Page 246 - ... from among the gentlemen present two umpires, who shall absolutely decide all disputes that may arise about the battle ; and if the two umpires cannot agree, the said umpires to choose a third, who is to determine it. 7- That no person is to hit his adversary when he is down, or seize him by the ham, the breeches, or any part below the waist : a man on his knees to be reckoned down.

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