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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2021 9:12 p.m. PST

"Boxing may seem vicious now, but compared to the sport's beginnings in the United States, it's actually quite tame. It was so violent at first that it was outlawed in the United States, but that didn't stop fights from drawing huge crowds. The more celebrated matches were even covered in local newspapers. But the illegal bareknuckle boxing of the 19th century was quite different from the gloved punch-offs of today. According to ThoughtCo., punches were thrown, but "the action bore scant resemblance to modern boxing matches."

There was also no such thing as a professional pugilist back then. Boxers did their fighting on the side of a normal day job. One legend of the New York boxing scene of the mid-19th century was a man who went by "Bill the Butcher" in the ring, but William Poole wasn't called the Butcher because he slaughtered opponents in the ring. He was called that because, well, he was a butcher. Still, he garnered enough notoriety in his short 33 years on this earth to become a leader of his local Know-Nothing Party, and his life was the loose basis of Martin Scorsese's 2002 film Gangs of New York…"
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Eleve de Vauban Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2021 12:54 a.m. PST

How is this linked to toy soldiers?

John the OFM07 Jun 2021 1:49 a.m. PST

Foundry has two figures in its Western range engaging in fisticuffs.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2021 7:16 a.m. PST

And THW has rules that could be used.

Eleve de Vauban Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2021 8:01 a.m. PST


Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2021 8:23 a.m. PST

Two Hour Wargames

Legionarius07 Jun 2021 2:00 p.m. PST

I have the figures but my rules are Rock, Paper, and Scissors. Three hits and you're knocked out!

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2021 4:07 p.m. PST

Haven't read the article linked to, but I would agree it was a brutal sport. There was a series on The History Chanel years ago, (possibly Wild West Tech), that had a part on boxing. The part that stuck in my mind was a match where one of the fighters ended up using only one hand because his other was holding his eye, which had been knocked out of the socket and was hanging by the optic nerve. Those were some very tough men!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 2:59 p.m. PST



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