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BOXING.. Wilson's Career, Battles, & Death of Harry Paulson, the Old Nottingham Veteran Pugilist. Height, 5 Feet 7½ Inches; Weight, 12 Stones. This indomitable pugilist of the old school of boxes was a youngster of herculean proportions and giant strength...1890

Nottingham: Ishmael Wilson, Sporting Printer, Broadside (360 x 240 mm), printed on one side only, paper browned, cut down centre fold and repaired with archival paper, previous sellotape browning visible. Harry Paulson (1819-1890), prize-fighter, born in Newark, Nottinghamshire. He was most famous for his three momentous bouts against Tom Paddock of Redditch which took place between 1851 and 1854, and the fight of over 100 rounds with Tom Sayers, a younger man and the champion of England at the time. After a brief biography we are informed of his fighting career "He next beat Tom Paddock (born 1824, died 1864) for £25 a-side, at Sedgebrook near Grantham, Sept 23, 1851, in 71 rounds, lasting 95 minutes. They met again, Dec. 16, 1851, at the "Cross of Hands" Belper, Derbyshire, when Paddock won in 86 rounds, 95 minutes... They fought for a third time, for £100 a-side... when Paddock was again conqueror, in 102 rounds, time, 2 hours 32 minutes. He next entered the lists with that Prince of English boxers, Tom Sayers, for £50 a-side. This great battle took place at Appledore, in Kent, on Jan. 29 1856, and Sayers was victorious after 3 hours 8 minutes had elapsed, during which time 109 rounds were got through..." We are then given a brief description of Paulson's social life and an account of his death and funeral. It appears that Wilson, an old-established firm of Nottingham printers, also issued similar broadsides for the careers of other boxes: Bendigo, Sayers, Mace, Fryer, Click Soles and others. Apparently unrecorded.

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