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The great "International" prize fight.

The English papers are filled with the accounts of the prize fight between Heenan and King, on the 10th ult. The Illustrated Sporting News gives the following account of the "mill:"

‘ At length a chosen spot was taken possession of, and the ring pitched. King first tossed in his castor, amid loud cheers, immediately followed by Heenan, who was similarly received. Colors were now unfolded on both sides, and the combatants began to dress. Choice of ground won by Heenan, and then came the referee; some wrangling took place in respect to that functionary, during which betting went on with offers at 40 to 20, &c., on Heenan, without takers. Confusion now became the ruling element, wasting away precious time on the top of a hill that could be seen for twenty miles around. There were the men and seconds ready, while the referee was expected to come from the clouds. Three-quarters of an hour were spent in this way before matters were finnlly closed, and the referee originally proposed was ultimately agreed to. The men then began the important duty of the toilet, and in the hands of their respective valets the operation was soon completed. The ring was then cleared, and the men showed themselves ready for battle array. Heenan was the first to exhibit, amid the loud cheers of his admirers, instantly followed by King, for whom another salve arose from the throats of his party. Exactly at ten o'clock the men were delivered at the scratch, shook hands and prepared to commence.

  1. Round 1.--King tried his right, but the other was away with great agility. Heenan rushed in and got the other's head in chancery, and fibbed merrily till he fell on him, King vainly endeavoring to extricate himself, and these tactics of the Boy evidently showed the line of policy he intended to adopt. King's return was but short and inoffensive with his right on the back.
    This preliminary round was decidedly in favor of the American, and there was a perfect ovation at his corner.
  2. Round 2.--King got on first with his right on right jowl, and the exchanges were of the most rapid character. King delivered another stinger on the cheek. Then Heenan retaliated by a severe counter with his left, giving a smack upon the "ivories." Fighting fast and furious, and eventually Heenan, by sheer dint of strength, threw his adversary.
  3. Round 3.--Heenan followed his man to the middle ropes, clutched his left arm round his opponent's head, twirled him over in King's own corner with but very little brief exchanges.
  4. Round 4.--Heenan up first and wailing. King doing exchanges to a close, when both were down, King underneath. The appearance of matters at this early stage of proceedings indicating that the Stars and Stripes had all the best of it, notwithstanding King stood to gallantly to his task as to give every encouragement to his backers, who rallied around him in goodly numbers.
  5. Round 5.--King let fly a tremendous bit with his right on the jaw. He seemed quite elated, and kept to out fighting, and danced around, repealing another with the same success, amidst the tremendous cheers of his friends. They then rushed to the corner, when Heenan put on the hug again and threw his man as easy as a glove.
  6. Round 6.--They were no sooner up than both were at work. Rapid deliveries followed on both sides, when Heenan threw his man with just such similar ease as in the preceding round.
  7. Round 7.--both countered straight on the dial, when Heenan got his left hand round King's head and cast him to the earth. Another burster.
  8. Round 8.--Both advanced eagerly to work, with not the slightest desire to shirk business. King was first to lead off, played with his left till he got correct measure, when he let fly his dexter fin on the mouthpiece, and fetched first blood. Heenan would not be denied, and slashed away with his right until he succeeded in getting his hug on again, and eventually bore King down. Eastead patrons were in ecstasies at their man's conduct.
  9. Round 9 was very brief. King once more planted his left upon the "jaw," while Heenan delivered his right with marked precision and flush on point of nose and mouth, which made Tom stand back for a moment, although he never suffered his courage to be daunted, and resolutely went to close quarters, but got thrown, as Heenan was best in wrestling propensities.
  10. Round 10.--The men had been fighting very fast, and were evidently blowing, Heenan bleeding at the mouth, and had clearly copped one on the left peeper, to the disparagement of the American's vision. King also showed cochineal from his lips. Heenan shot out with his right, but did not appear to do any damage. They then closed, King reaching his adversary's ribs with his left, but was cast to the greensward in the end.
  11. Round 11.--Neither seemed disposed for delay and got at work rapidly. As before, King landed a severe shot with his right on the mouth and drew a copious supply of red wine. Heenan bore his man to the middle stake, but King got a grasp on him and this time the Easterner had all the best of it and threw Heenan cleverly; the American decidedly getting weaker and slower.
  12. Rounds 12, 13 and 14 were very short; scarcely any blows given, for Heenan hugged his man and threw him each time.
  13. Round 15.--King nursed his right and called it on the chin, instanter Tom caught him by the crutch and ran his man to earth under the ropes, for which he was, cautioned by the referee.
  14. Round 16.--A roterably good amount of work done, in which King cut his opponent's right eye, and the round was finished by a heavy body-blow from Heenan, which made the sailor stagger back, and the ground being slippery he fell down.
  15. Round 17.--Heenan's fast fighting and throwing now began to tell its own tale upon himself, and he came up piping, though smiling. Nobbers were exchanged, and some body blows, and in the end King was again thrown.
  16. Round 18.--King now led off, and visited the damaged eye, and also got on the cheek, which riled the Benicia Boy, who gave him a stinger on the head, closed and threw him so heavily it was thought he was out of time, and it took his seconds some time before they could get him round again.
    [Here the Kingites broke into the ring, and the remainder of the fight was carried on amidst much disorder. In the confusion we missed the two succeeding round; but they were very short and in favor of Heenan. King soon recovered, and immediately afterwards turned the tide of fortune in his favor, Heenan rapidly and suddenly getting weak.]
  17. Round 21.--By the advice of his seconds, King led off, and planted well on the damaged eye, also on the nose, fetching more blood from both places. Heenan's returns were short, and King at once closed with him and threw him a regular burster.
  18. Round 22.--Again did King get well home on the nasal organ and right peeper, and, receiving it in the ribs, closed and threw Heenan.
  19. Round 23.--Heenan came up quite groggy, and his heart seemed to be failing him, for when King once more planted a straight one on the mouth he appeared quite perplexed and helpless. He tried to plant his left, but did not reach. After some sharp in-fighting he was again flung heavily to mother earth, and when picked up was nearly senseless.
  20. Round 24.--No sooner were they at the scratch than King again visited the mug, and knocked the "Boy" clear off his pins.
  21. Round 25 and last — Sayers soused Heenan well with cold water, and got him once more to face King; but the latter again planted on the mouth and flung him almost senseless to the ground. This was a settler, for when Heenan tried to leave his corner for another round he was as helpless as a child, and amid shouts of "Shame! shame!" to allow him to come up again, Macdonald gave in for him. The "Boy" was seconded by Tom Sayers and Johnny Macdonald, and King by Jerry Noon and Bos Tyler.

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