1853 in sports

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1853 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.



  • The New York Sunday Mercury publishes a box score for a Knickerbockers–Gothams baseball match, reprinted by the Clipper a few days later



  • 18 April — English champion Harry Broome defeats Henry Orme in the 31st round at Brandon to retain his title.[1]
  • August — a scheduled bout between Broome and former champion William Perry does not come off; Broome has to pay forfeit and Perry claims the title, but his claim is not recognised and Broome retains the English Championship until 1856.[1]
  • 12 October — Yankee Sullivan and John Morrissey meet to decide the Heavyweight Championship of America at Boston Corners, New York. According to reports, Morrissey is "badly beaten" but Sullivan leaves the ring after the 37th round and ignores the call of "time". As a result, the referee awards the fight to Morrissey, who holds the American Championship until 1859. Sullivan does not fight again but is subsequently arrested in San Francisco and sent to jail.[2]
  • Publication of the Revised London Prize Ring rules




Horse racing[edit]



The Boat Race


  1. ^ a b Cyber Boxing Zone – Harry Broome. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – John Morrissey. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.