Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight

Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight (HM3CY)

Location: Langtry, TX 78871 Val Verde County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 48.432', W 101° 33.321'

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In 1896, Judge Roy Bean made national headlines with a unique boxing match held at this site. Robert James Fitzsimmons was to fight James J. Corbett, the heavyweight champion, but the Legislature had outlawed boxing in Texas. While promoters sought a new location for the match, Corbett retired, handing the title to Irishman Peter Maher, who soon agreed to fight Fitzsimmons. Bean arranged for spectators, the press and Texas Rangers to travel by train from El Paso to Langtry, where he held the fight on a sandbar on Mexico's side of the Rio Grande; Texas lawmen had no authority there and Mexico had no law enforcement on hand. Fitzsimmons knocked Maher out in 95 seconds, winning the title.
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HM NumberHM3CY
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Year Placed2003
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 2:08pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 253025 N 3300160
Decimal Degrees29.80720000, -101.55535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 48.432', W 101° 33.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 48' 25.92" N, 101° 33' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5045-5079 Torres Ave, Langtry TX 78871, US
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