Young Dutch Sam

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Young Dutch Sam (30 January 1808 in London, England – 4 November 1843) was a professional boxer, who fought during the sport's "pioneer era" (pre-1892).

Pro career[edit]

Young Dutch Sam is best known as a being a welterweight champion in the 1820s.

Sam won his first fight at age 15, and went on to defeat Ned Stockham, Harry Jones, Tom Cooper, Jack Cooper, Dick Davis and Ned Neale among others before retiring from the ring without ever losing a fight.[citation needed]

The leading prizefight reporter of the period, Pierce Egan, describing the Young Dutch Sam's emergence into the ring:

[April 1829] The anxious moment had now arrived, and all the peepers were on the stretch to view the condition of the men. On peeling, Sam appeared as fine as a star […] laughing and full of confidence. In short, SAM might be compared to a handsome game cock, crowing almost to himself, that victory was in his grasp. (Egan,Book of Sports, 1832)


Young Dutch Sam was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, "Pioneer" Category.


His father, Dutch Sam, also boxed during the pioneer era, and is a fellow Hall of Famer.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  • David Snowdon, Writing the Prizefight: Pierce Egan's Boxiana World (Bern, 2013)