Charles Watson "Charley" Mitchell -world heavyweight boxing contender and lightweight champ
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Charles Watson "Charley" Mitchell English world heavyweight boxing title contender and lightweight champion. During his career, he engaged in over 100 fights with both gloves and bare-knuckles. In 1882 Billy Madden, the former tutor and backer of John L Sullivan, put on an openweight boxing tournament in England, in order to find a challenger for John L Sullivan. A number of prominent boxers including Jem Goode and Jack Knifton entered. Despite being both the youngest and lightest of the 21 competitors, Mitchell won the tournament. Mitchell came from Birmingham, England and fought John L. Sullivan in 1883, knocking him down in the first round. Their second meeting took place in 1888 on the grounds of a chateau at Chantilly, France in driving rain. It went on for more than two hours, at the end of which both men were unrecognizable and had suffered much loss of blood; neither could lift his arms to punch and the contest was considered a draw. In 1894 Mitchell fought in his most noteworthy bout, against James J Corbett for the world heavyweight championship. Corbett won by KO in the 3rd round, winning $20,000. The bottom of the CDV reads Charley Mitchll England’s Young Champion. No back mark.
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