The Great Prize Fight

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  • ISBN 0285637053
  • Format: Paperback, 256pp
  • Pub. Date: April 2005
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press

Originally published in 1977, this book is now (2005) back in print. Written by historian Alan Lloyd, it tells the story of the 1860 Tom Sayers-John C. Heenan bout.

Describing the most outrageous boxing match in history, this account provides the exciting details of the Englishman Tom Sayers and American John Heenan's legendary 1860 fight. "The Great Fight" was the sensation of its time, involving sportsman, thieves, and citizens all thrilled by the bare-knuckled punches. Exploring both men's lives and the colorful world around them, from scratch to finish, from the Victorian sporting life to the sleazy world of gamblers and politicians, this enthralling story gives all the dramatic details of a seminal moment in boxing history.