Tyler and Robinson
DESCRIPTION: Two champions, Robinson and Tyler, fight in London for fifty guineas. Robinson is favoured. Tyler knocks Robinson out and Robinson dies on the spot. Tyler is going to marry "a rich lady" but he dies "and the lady went in mourning"
EARLIEST DATE: before 1867 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(4326))
KEYWORDS: death mourning money sports
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Reeves/Sharp-TheIdiomOfThePeople 18, "Bold Robinson" (1 text)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Gl 151, "Bold Champions" (1 text)
Bodleian, Harding B 11(4326)[all lines truncated], "Young Tyler and Robinson Huzza" ("Come all you young fellows that delight in any game"), J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also Firth c.19(10), "Taylor and Robinson"; Firth c.19(9), "Tyler and Robinson"
NOTES [81 words]: I did not find any record of this fight in the Times of London up to 1880. Very few prize fights were reported as sporting events. Most reports were about the arraignment or trial of the victor when the loser was killed in the ring. If Robinson died in the ring and Tyler died soon after there may have been no one left to prosecute and so, the fight, if not otherwise noteworthy, might have gone unreported. Was there an equivalent of The Ring in mid-nineteenth century England? - BS
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