John Bull’s Fists

John Bull

John Bull made a reputation as an Old West gunfighter.  But he was also pretty good with his fists.

In February 1864, it was the Irish vs. the English in a power struggle for control of Austin, Nevada Territory (photo).  A fistfight was proposed to settle things, since dueling was outlawed—and Bull represented the English.

The bloody brawl, held in the middle of the street and witnessed by a huge crowd, despite the fact it started at midnight, went 21 rounds before Bull was declared the victor.  And the Brits ruled Austin.

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