A Social History of Prize-Fighting
Hardback 192pp Illustrated
9780718826765   Product Code: 20891
Dennis Brailsford defines the era of bareknuckle prizefighting as beginning when pugilism emerged as distinct from wrestling and ending when boxers put on padded gloves and fought time-limited bouts. This study looks at the great names of the bareknuckle era, from the Regency period to the early 20th century, and examines how the fighters trained and fought, how matches were set up and promoted, and how one of the world's first organized spectator sports emerged from the fairground prize ring.