Gideon the Jew
Gideon was an English fighter in the early 19th Century and fought in the bare-knuckle era of "Broughton's Rules." Established in 1743 by Jack Broughton, considered the father of English boxing, the Rules stated that wrestling moves above the waist were allowed, but a fighter could not hit an opponent once he was down. In fact, knockdowns marked the division of rounds as the downed fighter had 30 seconds to return to the center of the ring or he would lose. If the fighter, with the help of his handlers, made it to the center, the fights resumed in what was considered a new round. In this way, fights were recorded according to the number of rounds and amount of time. "Broughton's Rules" were replaced in 1838 by the Pugilistic Society's "London Prize Ring Rules."
Birth and Death Dates:
In January 1818, Gideon was beaten by an Irish fighter named Duggan in Combe Warren. The bout, for the prize of ten guineas, lasted 2 hours and 5 minutes. Two years later on June 15, 1820, Gideon faced Jem Hawkins, who won the bout for ten guineas in 1 hour and 6 minutes.
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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co, 1965)
Fistiana, or, The oracle of the ring : results of prize battles from 1700 to December, 1867 (London: W.H. Crockford, 1868)