Professional Boxer, Boxer
1753 – 1794
Who was Benjamin Brain?
Benjamin Brain was a bareknuckle prizefighter. A collier by trade, he was a valiant fighter whose career spanned twenty years. Brain was born in Bristol, England, at which point his surname was "Bryan" or "Brian": later in life this was sometimes corrupted into "Bryant" and also "Brain".
His career as a prizefighter started properly in 1786, when he fought John Boone, who was known as “The Fighting Grenadier”. Toughs broke into the ring and ganged up on Brain. In the resulting melée, Brain suffered a beating that almost closed one of his eyes. When order was restored and a surgeon had lanced the swelling around the eye, he resumed fighting and within ten minutes had forced Boone to quit in defeat.
He fought a man called Corbally at the end of 1788 in Navestock and then, in 1789, Brain was scheduled to fight the English champion, Tom Johnson for a prize of £500. When Brain fell ill and cancelled the bout, he forfeited the £100 he had put up for the fight.
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