Oregon Prizefighters: Forgotten Bare-knuckle Champions of Portland & Astoria
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In 1884, London’s prizefighting craze spread to Portland. Since the fights were illegal throughout the States, matches were fought in inconspicuous venues away from unwanted spectators. A winner could be hanged if the loser died. Champions like Dave Campbell, Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey and “Mysterious” Billy Smith were just a few contenders for the brutal, nearly forgotten sport. Join author Barney Blalock as he reveals the remarkable stories of Oregon’s bare-knuckle champions.
The History Press
: 9781626199934
: The History Press
: 10/19/2015
: Oregon
: Sports
: 43 Black And White
: 160
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Barney Blalock is a member of the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Maritime Museum. He spent thirty-three years inspecting the grain docks on the Portland waterfront. He is often featured as a guest lecturer.
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