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On Long Island, police battle large crowds to prevent an illegal prize fight

New York, 1857
06/02/1860
New York City police and enthusiasts of illegal prize fighting in the city had been matching wits for a time.  An attempt to stage a contest between well known boxers King and Woods was planned for the early hours on Long Island.  Police were waiting and, despite resistance from a large crowd that forced the police to draw revolvers, the fight was prevented and the two boxers placed under a $500 bond to "keep the peace."  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"The Prize Ring," New York Times, June 4, 1860, p. 1. 

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