Bare-knuckle boxing (also known as bare-knuckle, prizefighting, fist fight or fisticuffs) is the original form of boxing, closely related to ancient combat sports.
Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.
John "Jack" Broughton (c. 1703 or 5 July 1704 – 8 January 1789) was an English bare-knuckle boxer.
Jake Kilrain (February 9, 1859 – December 22, 1937) was the popular name of John Joseph Killion, a famous American bare-knuckle fighter and glove boxer of the 1880s.
James "Jem" Mace (8 April 1831 – 30 November 1910) was an English boxing champion.
John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – February 2, 1918), also known as the "Boston Strong Boy", was an Irish-American boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing, holding the title from February 7, 1882, to 1892.
The Marquess of Queensberry Rules are a code of generally accepted rules in the sport of boxing.
Owen Swift (1814– 9 June 1879) was a British bare-knuckle prize fighter, who killed three men in boxing bouts.
Paddy Ryan (15 March 1851 – 14 December 1900) was an Irish American boxer, and became his sport's world's heavyweight champion from May 30, 1880 when he won the title from Joe Goss until losing his title to John L. Sullivan on February 7, 1882.
Tom Cribb (8 July 1781 – 11 May 1848) was an English bare-knuckle boxer of the 19th century, so successful that he became world champion.
William Abednego Thompson (18 October 1811 – 23 August 1880) was an English bare-knuckle boxer.