The claim: An image shows an April 1893 fight between Andy Browen and Jack Burke, the longest in history
More than a year after it was first shared, an image of two bloodied boxers has resurfaced on social media.
The Facebook post, published Sept. 25, 2020, claims to show Andy Browen and Jack Burke duking it out during “the longest boxing fight in history.”
“This is what two boxers who just had a fight in 110 rounds look like,” reads the caption of the post. “Yes, you read 110 rounds correctly (7h 19m of fighting).”
The caption goes on to say the fight occurred April 6, 1893, but it resulted in a “No-Contest” after the boxers were unable to continue.
The post has amassed more than 99,000 shares, many of them within the past few weeks. Similar versions of this claim have also circulated online.
A fight in 1893 was the longest in history, but the image in the post doesn’t depict it. The boxers in the image are Ray Campbell and Dick Hyland, who fought in 1913.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the claim for comment.
Image from 1913
The image in the Facebook post shows a 1913 boxing match between Campbell and Hyland. It does not show the longest fight in history.
The original black-and-white photograph was uploaded to the City of Vancouver Archives on May 13, 1913. The photo was taken by Major Matthews James Skitt and is titled, “A boxing match between Ray Campbell and Dick Hyland.”
The longest fight in history occurred two decades earlier.
Historian Randy Roberts documented the “longest boxing match in history” in the November 2015 issue of The Ring magazine. Roberts titled the 1893 match between Browen and Burke in New Orleans, “Fighting to the Finish.”
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The fight lasted seven hours and 20 minutes, according to Roberts. After 110 rounds, it resulted in a no-decision verdict.
That means neither boxer received the monetary prize. But the day after the fight, the leaders of the Olympic Club, a private club that hosted boxing matches in New Orleans, split the money and paid each fighter half, according to Roberts.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that an image shows an April 1893 fight between Andy Browen and Jack Burke, the longest in history. The image shows the aftermath of a 1913 match between Ray Campbell and Dick Hyland.
Our fact-check sources:
- City of Vancouver Archives, accessed Oct. 1, A boxing match between Ray Campbell and Dick Hyland
- Reddit user Pillowy_Mounds, Aug. 7, 2013, I colorized the picture of the two boxers after a fight! (archived)
- The Ring Magazine, Nov. 2015, Fighting to the Finish
- AFP, Sept. 24, 2020, This image shows the aftermath of a boxing match between Dick Hyland and Ray Campbell in 1913
- Library of Congress, accessed Oct. 1, The San Francisco call. [volume], May 04, 1913, Page 41, Image 60
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