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Boxing / Jack Broughton

English boxer; third heavyweight champion of England (? - 1750); operated a boxing school and arena, London (1742-89); invented boxing rules and gloves

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1704 1742 1750 1789 Arena Bald Boxer Boxing Broughton Champion Gloves Heavy Weight Invented Jack Operated Rules


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This print depicts the legendary English boxer, Jack Broughton, standing confidently in his boxing school and arena in London during the mid-18th century. Born in around 1704, Broughton is recognized as the third heavyweight champion of England and played a pivotal role in shaping the sport of boxing as we know it today. Broughton's impact on the world of boxing extends far beyond his impressive record in the ring. He is credited with operating one of the first formal boxing schools and arenas in London, which opened in 1742. This establishment marked a significant shift from the chaotic and often brutal bare-knuckle fights that had previously defined the sport. Broughton's contributions to boxing went beyond just providing a more regulated environment for matches. He is also known for inventing the first set of rules for the sport, which aimed to reduce the risk of injury and promote fair play. Additionally, he introduced the use of padded boxing gloves, which further improved the safety of the sport. Despite his balding head and advanced age, Broughton's presence in the print exudes strength and determination. His historical significance in the world of boxing is undeniable, and this image serves as a testament to his enduring impact on the sport. The print also provides a fascinating glimpse into the past, offering a glimpse into the world of boxing during the 18th century. Overall, this print is an essential addition to any collection of historical sports memorabilia or for anyone with an interest in the rich history of boxing.

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