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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- English Bare Knuckle Champion


Tom King
(the "Fighting Sailor")

BORN   August 14 1835; Stepney, East London, England
DIED October 4 1888 at Clarence House, Clapham, London, England (not October 3 1888; Stockbridge, Hampshire, England)
HEIGHT.. 6-2
WEIGHT 175-182 lbs
King possessed good boxing skills and was strong, fast, and durable. After he retired from the ring, he gained considerable money and fame in horse racing

He was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1977 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
       Bill Clamp                                                     W  1

       Brighton Bill             Plaistow Marshes, England            W  1
Nov 27 Tom Truckle               Kentish Marshes, England   (1:02:00) W 49

May 23 Harry Poulson                                                SCH    
          -This fight was scheduled but not held;
          King won a forfeit
Oct 21 Young Broome              Farnborough, England         (20:00) D 17
          -Police intervened
Oct 21 Young Broome              Surrey, England              (22:00) W 26
          -Two different rings were used;
          The previous 2 fights were held the same date

Jan 28 Jem Mace                  Godstone, England          (1:08:00) L 43
          -Championship of England
Nov 26 Jem Mace                  Medway, England              (38:00) W 21
          -Championship of England

Dec 10 John C. Heenan            Wadhurst, England            (35:00) W 24
          -Championship of England;
          Heenan knocked King out of time in round
          eighteen but the fight continued and King
          won; Some sources report 12/8/63

Apr  4 John C. Heenan            Lewes, England                     SCH   
          -This fight was scheduled but cancelled;
          Some sources report 4/05/1864

*** Date of Death Provided by Samantha Willis ***

*** Link To Wadhurst, England (Courtesy of ***

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
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