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In New York, a clandestine prizefight on Ryker's Island ends in a sixty-one round draw

New York City, bird's eye view, from the north, circa 1849, zoomable image
04/24/1860
A prizefight was held on Ryker's Island in the morning hours between Harry Gribbin and Edward Wilson.  As such bouts were illegal, every effort had been made to avoid police interference and spectators had traveled through the night on hired ferries to reach ringside.  The fight lasted sixty-one rounds fought over several hours without a clear winner and the bout was declared a draw. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Prizefight between Harry Gibbin and Edward Wilson," New York Times, April 25, 1860, p.3. 

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