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New York Harbor Police break up illegal boxing match on Staten Island

New York City, 1850s, detail
04/18/1861
With referee Fatty Welch calling the well-known fighters Ned Touhey and Owen Geighan to the center of the ring, New York Harbor Police arrived just in time to prevent an illegal boxing match organized in secret at the small village of New Brighton on Staten Island.  The contest had drawn a crowd of around 150 who had slipped away from New York City overnight.  Twenty-two people were arrested and assessed the customary $3 fine.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"A Prize-Fight Nipped in the Bud," New York Times, April 19, 1861.

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