By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com
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Figg also made public appearances at London’s Southwark Fair, Hyde Park, and other outdoor venues where he would take on all comers.
In 1730, Figg gave up fighting and retired, but still stayed active by engaging in a few exhibition bouts with a future heavyweight champion, Jack Broughton. George Taylor claimed the title upon Figg’s retirement, and would later lose the crown to Broughton in 1738.
In June 1731, Figg began teaching at new location on Poland Street with his prize student, Thomas Sibblis, taking over the Oxford Road Amphitheatre.
Figg died on December 8, 1734. He was recognized as a very famous person in London, with royalty, aristocrats, politicians, writers, artists, and actors attending his fights.
Figg was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954, the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010. In his honor, a blue plaque was erected at The James Figg Pub (formerly The Greyhound Inn), Cornmarket, Thame, on April 14, 2011.
James Figg may be forgotten by all boxing fans of the present day, but historians, such as myself, truly recognize him and the early bare knuckle fighters that laid the foundation of boxing as we know it today.