Figg was the first recognized champion of England at fighting with
bare fists. Also an expert at wrestling, swordplay, and fighting with cudgels,
he became prominent as a pugilist about 1719.
Standing 6 feet (1.8 m) and weighing 185 pounds (84
kg), Figg was a stalwart figure who was always ready to accept a challenge to
fight. He lost only one match, and on that occasion he was said to be ill. He
opened an academy of arms, including boxing, in London; Figg's Amphitheatre was
the prototype of several other 18th-century schools of pugilism. Figg is
considered the first heavyweight champion in boxing history, although weight
divisions were unknown until long after his time.
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