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John Carmel Heenan (May 2, 1833- October 28, 1873) was an American bare-knuckle fighter born in Troy NY. He boxed under the name "The Benicia Boy" (from his residence in California)[1]. His career lasted from 1858 until 1863. His most notable fights were against champion John Morrissey and Tom King. Heenan claimed Joe Morrissey's title after the latter retired from boxing in 1859. He fought in an early international heavyweight contest when he fought the legendary English fighter Thomas Sayers in 1860. Heenan is claimed by Americans to have been winning that fight when Sayer's supporters entered the ring, causing the contest to be disbanded and declared a draw. Following the draw Champion belts were made for both fighters. The bout is memorable in the history of pugilism and incidentally was the cause of putting an end to bare-fist prize fighting in England. Heenan was later acclaimed as the English Heavyweight Champion. According to Lord Redesdale, who witnessed the fight, Sayers was winning when the Americans rescued Heenan by interrupting the fight. Lord Redesdale described these Americans as 'a very low class, and I am bound to say I did not see an American gentleman among them. The men whom I knew afterwards in New York would have been as disgusted as I was'. Offered here is an original, complete New York Illustrated News paper dated May, 1860 which includes illustrations and coverage of the fight.
This is an original and complete issue consisting of 16 pages. Has a center fold. Edge and corner wear. Clean. Illustrated. 11 1/4" x 15 1/4." Sold with 4 pages of Frank Leslie's newspaper of May 12, 1860 which also has illustrations and coverage of the fight.

Size: 11 1/4 x 15 1/4

Condition: very good