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In New Jersey, a clandestine bareknuckle prize fight ends in mayhem

Middlesex County, New Jersey, 1857
05/19/1863
Con Orem of Colorado and Owen Geoghagen of New York City met in a field near Amboy around dawn before a large crowd of New Yorkers for an illegal prize fight. The well-matched young boxers fought for less than half an hour before Georghagen went down under a blow the local partisans considered a foul.  A near riot ensued and weapons were drawn and flourished until the referee, under the influence of a pistol to his head, declared Orem disqualified and Georghagen the winner.  Police later made forty arrests. (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
"Another Prize Fight," New York Times, May 20, 1863, p. 1. 

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