From The Times (London), April 27, 1786.
Yesterday afternoon a most desperate battle was fought in the Ring, in Hyde Park, between a
butcher's apprentice of St. James Market, and a black stripling, who was lately a servant to the
celebrated Mr. Katterselto, which lasted upwards of three quarters of an hour, during which time
the successes of the combatants was as dubious as it was obstinate. The Honorable Mr. Booth by
happening to pass at the time, the crowd took his attention time enough to see a sufficiency of the
conflict, to prove to him, that the parties were obstinately bent on each side not to yield. Struck
with the ferocious obstinacy, he stepped into the ring, parted the lads, and gave them a guinea
each to make up the quarrel. The Black, though he bears the character of meekness and sobriety,
has been unfortunate enough to have been obliged to fight no less than five scuffling battles within
this week, all with young men of superior strength and proven victorious.