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Ben Caunt
(the "Torkard Giant")

BORN   March 22 1815; Hucknall, Torkard, Notts, England
DIED September 10 1861; St. Martin's Lane, London, England (pneumonia)
HEIGHT.. 6-2 1/2
WEIGHT 203-210 lbs
BACKERS Jack Risdale, Ben Butler
Caunt was strong, durable, willing, and game but was slow and clumsy
          -Caunt defeated several minor opponents

       George Graham                                                  W   

Jul 21 William Thompson          Nottingham, Eng                     LF 22
          -Caunt was disqualified for an alleged foul - 
          striking Thompson while he was sitting in 
          his corner

Aug 17 William Butler            Stoneyford, Eng                      W 14
Nov  4 Bill Boniford             Sunrise Hill, Eng            (12:00) W  6

Apr  3 William Thompson          Skipworth Common, Eng     (1:20:00) WF 75
          -Thompson was disqualified for going down
          without being struck; Caunt claimed the
          Championship of England but was not 
          generally accepted
Jun 24 William Thompson                                             SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled

Oct 26 Bill Brassey              Six Mile Bottom, Eng       (1:30:00) W 101

Feb  2 Nick Ward                 Crookham Common, Eng        (12:00) LF  7
          -Championship of England;
          The crowd forced the referee to disqualify
          Caunt for an alleged blow - striking Ward
          while he was down 
May 11 Nick Ward                 Long Marsden, Eng            (47:00) W 35
          -Championship of England
Sep 10 -Caunt sailed for America to challenge Tom Hyer
          to a fight; Hyer did not reply

Mar 10 -Caunt returned to England with Charles Freeman,
         the "American Giant"

Sep  9 William Thompson          Stoney Stratford, Eng     (2:10:00) LF 93
          -Championship of England;
          This was a disputable decision; It was
          alleged that Caunt went down without a
          blow striking him; Caunt denied this
          accusation and announced his retirement
          (only to return later) 

          -Caunt worked as farm laborer and then became
          the landlord of "The Coach and Horses" pub at
          St. Martin's Lane; This business made him very

          -A fire destroyed "The Coach and Horses" pub and
          killed two of his children

Sep 22 Nat Langham               River Medway, Eng          (1:29:00) D 60
          -Both men were too exhausted to continue;
          Some sources report 9/09/57; Some sources report 9/21/57;
          Some sources report "Home Circuit"

Record courtesy of Jan Skotnicki, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization



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