Famous British boxer, Tom Sayers, dies in London, aged thirty-nine

The famous British boxing champion, best known in the United States for his epic and controversial battle against American John Heenan for a "world championship" at Farnborough, Hampshire on April 1860, died of diabetes and alcoholism in London.  His funeral the following week saw thousands of people thronging into Highgate Cemetery and another riot between police and mourners excluded outside the gates.  (By John Osborne) 
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"Disgraceful scenes at a Pugilist's Funeral," Boston Herald, December 1, 1865, p. 4. 
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