Monday, March 24, 2008

Winner take all

Where was the first World Championship Heavyweight prize fight in the United States held? If you said Kenner, you win. If you said Rivertown in Kenner, you win the championship. The plaque at the site reads "In the predawn hours of May 10, 1870, a crowd of about 1,000 people left the New Orleans Jackson Street Railroad Station for Kennerville. There, in a makeshift ring in the back of William Butler Kenner's old sugar house, about 100 yards from the Mississippi River, Jed Mace of Beestown, Norwich, England beat Tom Allen of Birmingham, England in 10 rounds. The prize for the bare knuckle event was $2,500, winner tak all."

Wasn't the location you were expecting?

--steve buser

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