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This print depicts the boxer Jack Cooper, nicknamed 'The Gypsey'. In the past Gypsies and Travellers did much of their trading at rural town fairs. These often incorporated entertainments like prizefighting and wrestling. Boxers with Gypsy heritage include James 'Jem' Mace, a 19th century fighter, and Bartley Gorman 'King of the Gypsies', a champion boxer from the 1970s to the 1990s. Both men specialised in bare-knuckle fighting where participants do not wear gloves.
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