John Jackson (boxer)
|Born||28 September 1769|
|Died||7 October 1845(aged 76)|
|Brompton Cemetery, London, England|
|Other names||"Gentleman" John Jackson|
|Known for||Champion of England|
He won the title Champion of England in a fight on 15 April 1795 in which he beat Daniel Mendoza. After this he created a boxing academy for gentlemen at 13 Bond Street, London. Jackson's Saloon was popular with the nobility and gentry. Lord Byron relates in his diary that he received instruction in boxing from Jackson.
Byron referred to Jackson as the 'Emperor of Pugilism', and the leading prizefight reporter, Pierce Egan, writing in Boxiana declared him to be the 'fixed star' of the 'Pugilistic Hemisphere'.
In the artist Thomas Lawrence's 1797 exhibition at the Royal Academy, an enormous painting of Satan Summoning his Legions was based upon a giant portrait of Jackson. In 1814, Jackson helped to establish the 'Pugilistic Club'.
In popular culture
He and/or his saloon are frequently mentioned in Georgette Heyer's Regency romances.
The characters of Jackson and Mendoza also have minor but important roles in the film The Young Mr. Pitt.
- David Snowdon, Writing the Prizefight: Pierce Egan's Boxiana World (Bern, 2013)
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