The Secret “Fight of the Century”–Episode 8

In 1896, the biggest sporting event in the nation was to be a fight for the heavyweight championship.  But its location was a secret!  Armed Soldiers from Mexico, Arizona, and the Texas Rangers had it stopped, until the “Law West of the Pecos,” Judge Roy Bean managed to take it international–sort of.  Learn about Texas ingenuity in Episode 8 of Wise About Texas.


Heavyweight champ Bob Fitzsimmons

bat masterson

Legendary lawman Bat Masterson….no match for a Texas Ranger

bill mcdonald

Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald…one riot, one ranger.

sanderson depot

The old Sanderson depot where Bat Masterson learned to behave himself


Judge Roy Bean, the law west of the Pecos

prizefight canvas arena

The Fitzsimmons-Maher fight. On a sandbar in the Rio Grande.


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