Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A review: Boxiana:Volume II by Pierce Egan

You may be wondering why I am starting with volume 2. The fact of the matter is that the bookstore didn't have volume 1.

This book has been like getting in a time machine and going to the distant past. The accounts of boxers and fights are EXTENSIVE! A wealth of insight into this world of fisticuffs.
Here is a sample of the round by round commentary by the Author.

Round First.-Cautious sparring for half a minute; Hall on his gaurd ; Sampson made play ; closed ; Sampson fibbed Hall ; a few blows ; but in trial of strength Sampson thrown.

It continues like this. This particular fight between Bill Hall and "Sampson" lasted for 91 rounds with Hall being the victor. It is a thrilling account and thrilling to read.