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 William “Bendigo” Thompson

William “Bendigo” Thompson

Birth
Sneinton, Nottingham Unitary Authority, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 23 Aug 1880 (aged 68)
Beeston, Broxtowe Borough, Nottinghamshire, England
Burial Nottingham, Nottingham Unitary Authority, Nottinghamshire, England
Memorial ID 4613 · View Source
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Boxer. Born in Nottingham, England, he was a British bare-knuckle fighter dubbed the "Nottingham Jester". To raise money for his family, he fought his first boxing match at age 18 against the champion of the nearby town of Bingham, winning the brawl after 59 rounds. Bare-knuckle fighting become his main occupation and by the age of 21, he had successfully defeated a number of top contenders in fights lasting up to 96 rounds. In 1835, he became Champion of all England and in 1939, he defended his championship beating the fearsome James Burke in a match which only lasted a half an hour. Over the ten years he never stepped down from a challenge defeating over 20 opponents. In his last fight on June 5, 1850, against the young hard fighter Tom Paddock, he won in the 49th round and stepped down undefeated as Champion, with two prize belts and four Silver Cups to his name. A well-respected world famous boxer of his time, in retirement he became a Methodist Evangelist Preacher. He died at age 69 in Beeston, England and was posthumously inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1955.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 24 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4613
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Bendigo” Thompson (18 Oct 1811–23 Aug 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4613, citing St Mary Rest Ground, Nottingham, Nottingham Unitary Authority, Nottinghamshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .