|About the Book|
An extensively-researched portrayal of bare-knuckle fighters Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, Daniel Mendoza, Thomas Molineaux, Tom Cribb, James Burke, Yankee Sullivan, Tom Hyer, Paddy Ryan, John L. Sullivan and many others.... Did Elizabeth WilkinsonMoreAn extensively-researched portrayal of bare-knuckle fighters Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, Daniel Mendoza, Thomas Molineaux, Tom Cribb, James Burke, Yankee Sullivan, Tom Hyer, Paddy Ryan, John L. Sullivan and many others.... Did Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes fight women with fists and men with swords?? (yes)... Did Yankee Sullivan commit suicide or was he murdered??... Do you know which pugilist was convicted for assault following the Sullivan/Kilrain bout??... Was Thomas Molineaux a slave from Virginia or free Black from Maryland??... Which champions hand did Abraham Lincoln shake following his Presidential election??... Who did Irish Mary Welch challenge to an MMA dual with a dagger??... How many rounds is a Rough-and-Tumble fight??... Which pugilist punched Canadian lightweight champion, Harry Gilmore, through a window??... Which Black American (not Molineaux) was the best bare-knuckle fighter in England circa 1815??... What were the circumstances of former champion, George Fulljames, beaten to death during an illegal South Dakota bout??... Did you know a bare-knuckle round can last over an hour or less than five seconds??... How did one punch from Jack Slack alter bare-knuckles credibility and acceptance??... Did John L. Sullivan actually fight several law enforcement officers rather than answer charges that he had engaged in an illegal bare-knuckle fight?? (yes).... Why was Yankee Sullivan sentenced to two years in prison following the prize fight death of Thomas McCoy??... Was John Morrissey a great or fake champion??... What were the roles of Tom Spring and Jem Ward following the prize fight death of Simon Byrne??... How long was the 75-rounds Sullivan/Kilrain bout??... Who was the only pugilist to officially defeat Tom Cribb??... Which pugilist won the 1788 bout on this cover -- Richard Humphreys or Daniel Mendoza??... Why did Jack Moriarty run from Toronto police half-naked following the brutal beating he received from Charlie Lange??... How many rounds did Tomy Hyer fight Country McClusky in 1841?? (101 rounds)... Why did Charlie Mitchell prefer to fight Champion John L. Sullivan bare-knuckle than with gloves??... The book does not glorify violence nor pretend the pugilists were anything other than human beings attempting to better their lives. It is HISTORY with bare-knuckle merely the thread binding these stories. It is not the same lies repeated over-and-over for the sake of a better story. The best story is the TRUTH -- and so be it where that leads.