GREAT BRUISING MATCH.
following is the detailed account of the
fight between King and Heenan:
choice of ground was won by Heenan, and
exactly at 10 o'clock on the morning of the 10th
December, the fight commenced.
1st - Heenan closed in, grasping King
by the neck and giving him an old fashioned
hug, until the referee entered the ring and strictly
cautioned him not to repeat the above operation.
the 2nd Round, King forced fighting. As soon
as he came up, Heenan closed in again, and after
hugging King for some time, threw him. In this
round King drew the first blood, which was al-
3rd Round, after hard exchanges, Heenan
again hugged King, and threw him on the ropes
with awful violence. The only thing he had in his
favor was first blood.
4th - King came up with a visible mark
under his left eye. Heenan again attempted the
hugging game, which elicitad loud remarks of
disapprobation. With this exception nothing
occurred during the round.
5th - Both men came up smiling. King
got in a tremendous blow on Heenan's ear, and
another on his temple. Heenan, in despair, hugged
King and threw him violently.
6th - Both pegged away at each other.
The round finished by Heenan giving King anoth-
7th - More hammering, and Heenan
again hugged and cross-buttocked King dread-
fully. During this round King gave Heenan a
rattler on the nose, drawing a stream of blood.
8th - Rapid countering on both sides.
9th - King struck Heenan a tremendous
blow on the head. Heenan closed in upon him,
and threw him.
10th - King launched heavily with both
fists, closed in, and was thrown by Heenan.
11th - In this round Heenan began to
tire. At the close he ran in and threw King
12th - same result.
13th and 14th - ditto.
15th - Some swinging blows were given
on each side, when Heenan knocked King down
clean into the corner. This was the first genuine
knock down of the fight.
16th - Heenan came to the scratch with
a dreadful eye. A severe struggle took place du-
ring this round, neither side gaining any particu-
17th - The excitement was now so great
that the ring regulations were disregarded. King's
blows swelled Heenan's eyes and temples to a
fearful extent, but he bore it manfully.
this to the 24th round King went ahead at
a fearful gallop.
time was called for the 25th round, the
sponge was thrown up by the second of Heenan.
Heenan was dreadfully punished, and should
never have been permitted to pass the 21st round.
King presented no visible marks of punishment,
except a mouse on the eye.
Life concludes it's description of the fight
in the following words: "A braver contest was