Boxing in New Mexico, 1868–1940 by Chris Cozzone,Jim Boggio

By Chris Cozzone,Jim Boggio

On June 28, 1868, a bunch of fellows amassed along a street 35 miles north of Albuquerque to witness a 165-round, 6-hour bare-knuckle brawl among recognized Colorado pugilist Barney Duffy and “Jack,” an unidentified fighter who died of his accidents. regarded as the 1st “official” prizefight in New Mexico, this tragic spectacle marked the start of the wealthy and sundry heritage of boxing within the kingdom. normally an underdog in its battles with the legislations and public opinion, boxing in New Mexico has paralleled the state’s struggles and glories, during the Wild West, statehood, the melancholy, conflict, and financial progress. it's a tale set in boomtowns, ghost cities and mining camps, alongside railroads and in casinos, and populated through cowboys, infantrymen, workers, barrio-bred locals and extra. This paintings chronicles greater than 70 years of recent Mexico’s colourful boxing previous, representing the main in-depth exploration of prizefighting in a single quarter but undertaken.

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