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First Blood. A talk by Amy Weldon and The Burf

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Chapel, Highgate Cemetery

Swains Lane

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N6 6PJ

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Prizefighting in the 18th and 19th centuries was a brutal sport, popular with all classes of society.

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Prizefighting in the Regency and early Victorian period was a great means of social mobility, down as well as up. Fans (known as The Fancy) were from all classes and it gave an opportunity for those of African and Jewish descent and descendants of African-American slaves - and even women - to rise on the social scale. The infamous ‘slumming lords’ (so derided by writer Pierce Egan in his seminal work Boxiana) could, on their part, enjoy a taste of the lowlife.

Dr Amy Weldon, writer and professor of English at Luther College, Decorah, Idaho, will team up with The Burf (Mark Burford) head professional coach at The Ring Boxing Club in Southwark, to bring to life what can now only be considered an utterly brutal sport.

The Burf will concentrate on Tom Sayers, the last of the great British prizefighters, on the 160th anniversary of his celebrated world-title ‘battle’ against John Heenan. Amy Weldon will talk about Pierce Egan and earlier prizefighting. Both Sayers and Egan are buried in the West Cemetery.

Talk starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 7.00pm. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Tickets include a glass of wine.

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Chapel, Highgate Cemetery

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