Prizefighting in the Regency and early Victorian period was a great means of social mobility, down as well as up. Fans (known as The Fancy) were from all classes and it gave an opportunity for those of African and Jewish descent and descendants of African-American slaves - and even women - to rise on the social scale. The infamous ‘slumming lords’ (so derided by writer Pierce Egan in his seminal work Boxiana) could, on their part, enjoy a taste of the lowlife.
Dr Amy Weldon, writer and professor of English at Luther College, Decorah, Idaho, will team up with The Burf (Mark Burford) head professional coach at The Ring Boxing Club in Southwark, to bring to life what can now only be considered an utterly brutal sport.
The Burf will concentrate on Tom Sayers, the last of the great British prizefighters, on the 160th anniversary of his celebrated world-title ‘battle’ against John Heenan. Amy Weldon will talk about Pierce Egan and earlier prizefighting. Both Sayers and Egan are buried in the West Cemetery.
Starts at 7.30. Doors open 7.00. Latecomers will not be admitted. Tickets include a glass of wine.
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Reserve tickets at this website2020-03-26 19:30 2020-03-26 19:30 Europe/London First Blood A talk about Prizefighting in the Regency and early Victorian period. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/03/26/first-blood-225139 Highgate Cemetery,Swains Lane,London,