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Isaac Perrins (1750x5757–1801) by unknown artist [Left to right] Tom Johnson (c.1750-1797) and , at Banbury on 22 October 1789] Edgar Astaire Collection

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Perrins, Isaac (1750x57–1801), pugilist and mechanical engineer, of whom few early details are known, appears, unusually for a member of the eighteenth-century boxing fraternity, to have been well educated and, as various extant letters in copperplate handwriting show, certainly extremely literate.

Perrins's enduring fame in the prize ring rests primarily on his memorable bout with the celebrated ...