Humphries & Mendoza, their third public contest for Superiority, on Septr. 29; 1790: 1812
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Humphries & Mendoza, their third public contest for Superiority, on Septr. 29; 1790. Two boxers stripped to the waist are fighting. Daniel Mendoza is on the right. Initially defeated in the ring by Richard Humphries, Daniel Mendoza emerged victorious from their next two encounters, establishing himself as a formidable prize fighter. Mendoza was born and brought up in the Portuguese-Jewish community in London and became an apprentice glass cutter. However, he abandoned this trade to rise to fame as boxing champion of England. In 1787 Mendoza set up a school of boxing to teach the sport 'scientifically' and attracted a number of young Jewish boys to his establishment. He later published a book entitled 'The Art of Boxing'.
1812 AD - 1812 AD