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_ The match between these men was decided, in quick time, on Tuesday last, on a fine piece of turf, at the back of the Barge House, opposite Woolwich, the scene of many hard contests on former occasions. Larkins is not much known in the London Ring, but is a great favorite with the Cambridge Fancy, by whom he was twice matched against Bill Abbett - winning the first match, but forfeiting the last, from indisposition. He is a fine athletic young fellow, possessed of some science, but by no means a finished proficient in the art. His weight is about twelve stone. Kelly is a complete novice, and although brought forward by his countrymen as something supernacular, when put into the scale, he was "found wanting" in milling attributes, though not deficient in game. His frame was not so muscular as that of Larkins, nor was he so heavy by some pounds.
_ A fight at East-end is sure to draw, and at an early hour the toddlers were seen on the trot, including "tag rag and bobtail" of every dimension, from the infant student in the art of "appropriation," to the gigantic Atlas of Spitalfields Market, who while he bears - not the world - but a sack of praties on his brawny shoulders, seems to feel a conscious pride in his own strength, and in the national virtues of the mealy load under which he moves. The go-cart charioteers were, of course, on the "look out," and picked up a few of the Aristocracy at White-chapel Church; and adding to these, half a dozen gigs, and a couple of hackney drags, the moving panorama was complete.
_ The Commissary was on the ground with his customary punctuality, and being associated with the veteran Tom Oliver, every requiate preparation was accomplished in due time. At ten minutes before one, the men entered the ring - Larkins attended by Peter Crawley and Josh Roberts, and Kelly by Mike Curtain and Dan M'Carthy. On slipping their togs, Larkins had a decided superiority in point of condition - he was fresh and vigorous, and looked all confidence. Kelly also looked well, but he was thin and his arms and shoulders lacked that muscle which generally betokens strength. The betting was 6 to 4 on Alma Mater.


_ Round 1. Little time was lost in a display of position; Larkins commenced his game forthwith, and caught Kelly a home smack on the snuff-box, which by the bye, was of respectable dimensions. Kelly attempted to return with his right, but missed. Larkins followed up, right and left, jobbing in good style; while Pat tried at his body - a close followed - both peppering away as well as they could, and in the end, both went down, Larkins under.
_ 2. Larkins again planted his right and left with great quickness, putting Pat quite abroad; he was not to be daunted by trifles, however, and he came in with great gallantry, hitting rather wildly, when Larkins caught him a terrific hit on the left eye with his right, and dropped him. (All safe for Larkins, Pat bleeding, and 4 to 1 on Larkins.)
_ 3. Pat came up a little surprised, but his countrymen exclaimed "it's not all over yet." Larkins was ready, and again made play with his right; Pat rushed in to close-fighting, but as he advanced, Larkins had him right and left. In the close, both fibbed, and Pat was again hit down.
_ 4. Kelly came up bleeding copiously from nose and eye, when Larkins rushed at him, hit away, right and left, at his nob, and again dropped him. ("All up," cried the judges, and 10 to 1 on Larkins.)
_ 5. Larkins now only showed a slight discoloration on the ribs, while Kelly exhibited severe punishment. Kelly came up rather cautious, and kept his distance; but Larkins would not stand upon ceremony - he rushed to mischief, again delivered right and left, and Kelly was once more grassed.
_ 6. Larkins lost no time, but was in an instant at work, hitting with great severity, right and left. Kelly rushed in, caught him round the neck, and commenced fibbing; but Larkins was not idle, and hit up in fine style; and getting the throw, fell heavily upon his man.
_ 7. Odds to any amount might be had on Larkins. Kelly still cautious, but Larkins would be with him, and a good slashing rally followed, in which Kelly succeeded in popping in two good hits - one on Larkin's proboscis, and the other on his throat; still Larkins closed with the advantage in his favor, returning the compliments with interest, and flooring his man.
_ 8. Larkins came up distilling claret from his nose. Kelly went in to fight with great boldness, but Larkins never flinched, and after some good exchanges, Kelly closed for the fall, with his head down. Larkins hit him up with good judgment, seeming to be awake at all points, and tumbled him.
_ 9. Kelly hit out of distance, and Larkins was short of his mark. They soon came to close quarters, and mutual hits were given, when Kelly was thrown.
_ 10. A desperate rally, in which Larkins jobbed his man right and left with great vigor. Kelly made some returns, but there was no visible impression; and after some excellent close fighting on the part of Larkins, he threw his man.
_ 11. Larkins was "at his handy-work again," and popped in his right and left in a good straight forward manner, and "no mistake." Kelly did not relish these freedoms with his mug; he rushed in with head down, and catching Larkins round the waist, bored him down on his back; in the fall, injuring his own knee.
_ 12. Kelly modest in his approaches, but Larkins would not be denied; he rattled to his man, jobbed him without mercy, and hit him down.
_ 13. Again did Kelly come up to receive with great courage, but he had not a chance. Larkins hit him a terrific blow with the right on the science, and he fell with his scull against the post.
_ 14. Larkins had now brought the game to the last peg. Kelly came up dreadfully disfigured, but although he rushed in manfully, his opponent renewed his jobbing system. In the close, Pat tried to fib, but Larkins was too quick with him, hit him heavily right and left, and then fell heavily upon him.
_ 15. It was now seen that Kelly had not a shadow of a chance, and his seconds gave in for him, after fighting 16 minutes.


_ Larkins left off without a mark, while Kelly was "all mark," exhibiting a woeful change in feature. He attributed his loss to the injury on his knee; but the truth is, he was out fought from first to last, and never had a chance. Larkins, although opposed to a man of no merit beyond courage, has by the slashing style of his operations, raised himself considerably in the opinion of the "London Particulars," and will, ere long, find a customer of consequence. He is a bold natural fighter, and handles both mawleys well. If not opposed by science, he must succeed with any man of his weight; but science makes so wide a difference in the scale of excellence, that we must wait till he has had a turn with some of our known good ones before we pronounce decidedly upon his merits. As far as he has gone, he has certainly established his claim to the possession of two important requisites in a boxer - namely, heavy straight hitting, and sound bottom. Experience will give him the rest.

Fights To Come


March 18. - Dick Action and Jack Nicholls, 25L. a-side.
March 25. - Harry Jones and Bill Savage, 25L. a-side.
April 2. - Bob Castles and Paddy Flynn, 25L. a-side.
April 8. - Brown and Sampson, 250L. a-side, half way between Birmingham and Bridgenerth.
April 8. - Piefinch and Young Gas, 100L. a-side - same ring.
April 8. - Dobell and Baily, 100L. a-side.
April 14. - Ned Savage and Kirkman, 25 gs. to 25L.
April 15. - M'Carthy and Ballard, 25L. a-side.
April 29. - Ned Neal and Baldwin, 250L a-side.
May 27. - Jem Ward and Carter, 50L. a-side.

Bell's Life In London 1828

MARCH 16, 1828

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