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Clandestine prize-fight fought in New Jersey for a purse of $300

New Jersey, 1857, zoomable map
12/05/1860
Soon after dawn, John Woods of Boston and George King of New York City fought a much anticipated bare-knuckle, and illegal, boxing contest in the fields near Bull's Ferry, New Jersey just across the Hudson from New York.  More than five hundred spectators watched as Woods had much the best of a ninety minute, fifty-five round encounter, winning on a retirement.  Woods was arrested later that day in New York City and charged with "leaving the State to engage in a prize fight."  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Prize Ring," New York Times, December 6, 1860 

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