Bare knuckle boxing at Twyn y waun
“Merthyr Express” 9 September, 1865 Pugilistic One of the unhopeful signs of our times - a pugilistic encounter - took place on Vochriw mountain on Monday evening last. Being an improper affair, they managed for some time to elude our vigilant constabulary. We have no doubts the belligerants (whose names are not worth recording) will hear more of this from another quarter.
“Merthyr Express” 16 February 1867 The Ring On Monday morning, there was a “mill” for £1 a side, on the mountain at Twynywaun, between Cornelius Crowley, the “Cock of the Walk” of Dowlais, and James McDonald, the “Chinese Bantam” of Merthyr. Both men had undergone the necessary preparatory training for the fight, and bets, to a large extent in half-pence, were made upon the result of the contest, each champion being in almost equal favour with the lovers of this delightful pastime. Great efforts were made to keep the “whereabouts” from the police, but the blue gentry got scent of the little affair, and resolved that it should not be settled without their assistance. The men, however, started early, tended by their seconds, and when a numerous crowd of admirers arrived on the mountain, a ring was formed. The usual preliminaries considerably abbreviated, the champions set to their brutal work. Fourteen rounds had been fought when the police hove in sight, and the champions skidaddled in two directions. Crowley ran to Rhymney whither he was pursued and surrounded opposite the Police Station there. McDonald fled to the Chinese Covers, from which he was brought by the police, soon after the other arrived from Rhymney. Crowley’s eyes were black and swollen, and he had evidently been more severely punished than McDonald. Both men were brought before Mr. Fowler, and bound over to keep the peace for six months.
“Merthyr Express” 16 February 1867 Monday morning: prize fight on mountain at Twynywaun - Cornelius Crowley (“Cock of the Walk” of Dowlais) and James McDonald (“Chinese Bantam” of Merthyr) - was dispersed by the police. Both men were brought before Mr Fowler and bound over.