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Highgate Cemetery. The tomb of Thomas Sayers, the boxer. The dog represents his pet, Lion. | by zigiella
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Highgate Cemetery. The tomb of Thomas Sayers, the boxer. The dog represents his pet, Lion.

Thomas Sayers was an English pugilist.

During his career as a bare-knuckle fighter, at the time illegal, he was only once defeated. At 5 feet 8 inches in height with a fighting weight of under 11 stone, he was the first boxer to be declared the World Heavyweight Champion.

His fighting career lasted from 1849 until 1860, when a match billed as the contest for the "World Championship" ended in disarray. An unprecedented public collection funded his comfortable retirement, but he died only five years later at age 39.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sayers

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Taken on May 18, 2008