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 Thomas “Tom” Sayers

Thomas “Tom” Sayers

Birth
Brighton, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
Death 8 Nov 1865 (aged 39)
Camden Town, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Burial Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 2611 · View Source
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Professional Boxer. Born in Brighton, England, he was an English prize fighter and one of the last of the great bare-fisted fighters. In 1860, he faced the American Champion John Heehan at Farnborough, Hampshire, in a battle which was widely considered to be the first boxing world championship. The bout ended in chaos when the spectators invaded the ring and after 42 rounds, the referee finally declared a draw. From 1849 to 1860, he had a record of 12 wins, 1 loss and 3 draws. He died in Camden Town, England, at age 39 and over 100,000 fans attended his funeral. In 1990, he was posthumously inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2611
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas “Tom” Sayers (25 May 1826–8 Nov 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2611, citing Highgate Cemetery (West), Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .