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Humphries, Richard (c. 1760–1827), prize-fighter

Dennis Brailsford

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Humphries, Richard (c. 1760–1827), prize-fighter, often called the Gentleman Boxer, was probably the son of an army officer who, during his son's boyhood, became destitute on discharge. Humphries appeared as a young boxing instructor at rooms in Panton Street, Haymarket, London, and gained rapid popularity, particularly among upper-class sportsmen, impressing with his fine physique, his elegant boxing style, and—not common among the fistic professors—his polished manners. At first he skirted the edges of the prize-ring, acting as second to the champion, ...

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