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The Art and Science of Daniel Mendoza, Part 2

by on Apr.29, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Daniel Mendoza, left, versus Richard Humphreys, at Odiham, January 9th, 1788.  (ARTIST:  Federica Coppoleccia)

Daniel Mendoza, left, versus Richard Humphreys, at Odiham, January 9th, 1788. (ARTIST: Federica Coppoleccia)

By Chris Shelton

[CBZ Editor's Note: To view Part One of The Art and Science of Daniel Mendoza click on the following link:  http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/blog/?p=5390]

May 6th, 1789….        Richard  Humphreys   vs.   Daniel Mendoza II

The anticipation and build up had created an event.  A building had been constructed in Mister Thornton’s Park at Stilton that was 48 feet in circumference.  It held a sold out 3000 paying customers. The media build-up for the fight, back and forth taunting remarks, were revolutionary at the time.  Much of the credit belongs to Mendoza, along with the appeal never before so advertised that this would be a fighter versus boxer confrontation. The corner man for Mendoza was Captain Brown.  The corner man for Humphreys was Tom Johnson.

ROUND 1:  Humphreys is offensive and aggressive as he throws a punch to the face.  Mendoza blocks the punch and counters with a punch that scores a knockdown….  It is a great start for Mendoza with a maneuver straight out of his book. (continue reading…)

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The Art and Science of Daniel Mendoza

by on Apr.29, 2010, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

By  Christopher James Shelton

Daniel Mendoza, left, versus Richard Humphreys, at Odiham, January 9th, 1788.  (ARTIST:  Federica Coppoleccia)

Daniel Mendoza, left, versus Richard Humphreys, at Odiham, January 9th, 1788. (ARTIST: Federica Coppoleccia)

Daniel Mendoza was born on July 5th, 1764, in the parish of Aldgate, London.  The family was middle class, which meant that he was neither a product of privilege or abject poverty.  The goal and expectations of the Mendoza family was for the son to learn a trade, become a respectable but bland member of the societal middle class.  Mendoza had left home at age 12 to learn his trade, as a glass cutter, for an apprenticeship with a respectable family.  Mendoza would eventually thrive and believe in the proper etiquette, from student to ‘Master’, that one day as the learned while the next as teacher.  The problem for Mendoza was a restless spirit.  He bored easily.  He also appears to be involved with a non stop series of fights, that if you believed him, as his father did, was always the fault of someone else.  Mendoza learned Hebrew in school, and I assume was Bar Mitvahed, but he would never be a religious person.  The Bar Mitvah ritual itself is about the boy becoming a man while accepting moral responsibility for his actions.  Mendoza witnessed antisemitism throughout his youth, which generally brought about fisticuffs, but he rarely discussed such stuff as an adult.

The 1st pugilist encounter for Daniel Mendoza was at 16-years old, 1780.  There was a personal dispute, involving bad manners, between an athletic adult delivery man named Porter and a member of the Mendoza work entourage.  Mendoza was on his 3rd apprenticeship attempt, as fighting for the reason that he left the homes of the glass cutter and fruit grocer families that he had lived prior.  Mendoza had quit school and was now serving under a ‘Master’ tea dealer.  The dispute that would evolve into a pugilist showdown involved honor, with a heated argument over a gratuity, so Mendoza offered to fight Porter. This was an adult man against a young boy, but fortunately the toughest guy in the region would protect any personal conduct propriety and act as the corner man for Mendoza.  His name was Richard Humphreys. (continue reading…)

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