Great Fight Between Tom Sayers and Bob Brettie, The
DESCRIPTION: Sayers's fights, from his first, with Aby Crooch in 1842, to his most recent, with Tommy Burns, are listed. Then he fights Brettle who yields after being injured by a fall. Sayers is "the champion of proud England, and the conqueror of all."
EARLIEST DATE: 1859-1860 (see NOTES)
KEYWORDS: fight injury moniker
Sep 9, 1859 - Boxing match between Bob Brettle and Tom Sayers
Bodleian, Harding B 13(13), "Lines on the Great Fight Between Tom Sayers Champion of Britain and Bob Brettle of Birmingham" ("You lovers of the pugelistic [sic] ring, attend with mirth and cheers"), unknown, 1859-1860
cf. "Heenan and Sayers" (subject) and references there
NOTES: Sayers's next fight, with John C. Heenan, on April 17, 1860, was much more notable than his fight with Brettle. So, with an early printing date of the fight between Sayers and Brettle, it seems reasonable to make the late date the fight between Sayers and Heenan [see Laws H20]. Brettle, who lost this fight with Sayers when his shoulder was dislocated, retired after this fight. - BS
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