An excerpt from the novel Rodney Stone by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (first
published in 1896) describes boxing as it was practiced around 1850 in England.
It seems to suggest that the "dirty business" in boxing which you so
ably are fighting today seems to have been always part of the game. Here is the
"I say again
that, if the Ring has fallen low, it is not in the main the fault of the men
who have done the fighting, but it lies at the door of the vile crew of
ring-side parasites and ruffians, who are as far below the honest pugilist as
the welsher and the blackleg are below the noble racehorse which serves them as
a pretext for their villainies."
HAROLD V. SHAW