Knuckled Under: The Short Tragic Life of Simon Byrne by Thomas G. Clark
Knuckled Under, The Tragic Life of the Irish Bare-Fisted Boxer Simon Byrne details his life in and out of the ring. He faced not only the angry fists of his opponents but barbs in the press, confinement in a British jail cell and the loss of close friends.
Knuckled Under draws from primary sources including contemporaneous newspapers and period books that provide detailed round-by-round accounts of his bouts, his legal testimony and personal correspondence that give voice to a true Irish champion. This is the only biography ever written about Simon Byrne and his story is one that reflects not only his tragic journey through life but also provides the reader with insight into this sport and Ireland in the first half of the 19th century. Knuckled Under is comprised of five parts, covering 21 chapters.
Simon Byrne would battle in the longest prizefight in history. The bout would last ninety-rounds; over three-plus hours.
He would be one of only six boxers in the entire history of prizefighting to have ever killed and been killed in the ring.
On his deathbed, he would state he was dying from “mortification” for having let Ireland down and not delivering the crown to his country.
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