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Boxer John C. Heenan, "the Benicia Boy," and British champion Tom Sayers fight for a "world championship"

John Morrissey versus John C. Heenan, October 1858
John C. Heenan, the America boxing champion nicknamed "The Benicia Boy," had traveled to England to fight the British champion Thomas Sayers.  The fight took place at Farnborough in Hampshire and lasted for thirty-seven rounds fought over almost two and a half hours.  The lighter and shorter Sayers was barely holding his own against Heenan when a riot broke out and declared a draw.  Each man was presented with a silver belt.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Ralph Nevill, Sporting Days and Sporting Ways (London: Duckworth and Co., 1910) , 233