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A few Timaru enthusiasts m the " manly art of self-defence " have been busying themselves of late to promote "a fight to a finish" between two local pugilists. All arrangements were completed for a brutal prize-ring exhibition, m which one of the combatants would be knocked senseless or helpless to the floor, and the victor be applauded and rewarded for his prowess; but the police stepped m at the eleventh hour, and gave the promoters of the light a broad hint that, while a simple sparring exhibition would not be interfered with, a prize-fight would be put down by the strong arm of the law. The Tiraaru police are to be commended for the step taken. Bull-baiting, dog-fighting, and prize-ring "knock-outs" are relics of a barbarous age, which cannot be tolerated m an age of more advanced civilisation. These practises have been condemned and suppressed m most civilised countries, and m a new country such as New Zealand they must not obtain a footing. Under the cloak of sparring matches and boxing exhibitions there have been some disgraceful scenes already enacted m this colony, but it is satisfactory to see that the police authorities are now fully alive to their responsibilities, and that m one part of the colony at least, prizefights will not be tolerated. By the promotion and encouragement of fights to a finish what is known as the " manly art of self-defence" is m great danger of being entirely banished from the field of jcaUsjbhenies as an exercise or pastime. The pubUfi sensp of propriety, if once thoroughly aroused, will result not only m the suppression of fights to, a finish, but of sparring and boxing m their more fraripiesys forjns. rJPhe promoters of such exhibition? ape therefore virtually enemies to the cause they espouse ; arid from this view, as well as from the standpoint of public decency, it is gratifying to note that a number of ill-conditioned persons m Jiipru, Juwe been taught a lesson

they are hot likely to forget, viz., that prize-fighti are behind the age, and will siot. b© tolerated amongst intelligent people,

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SUPPRESSION OF PRIZEFIGHTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890

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SUPPRESSION OF PRIZEFIGHTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890

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