Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, February 08, 2010

1921 – “THE BIG MATCH” IN NAIROBI

Sporting events were large attractions in early Nairobi. We have already seen in past postings the importance of Race Week. Amateur sporting clubs also abounded for the gentlemen, but the big event in February, 1921 was the Boxing Tournament. There would be “six contests for purses, value 1,750 Rupees.

For the first time ever, this event was not being held in the Theatre Royal, but at the Railway Institute. The house looked to be packed and wagers were made. Even His Excellency, the Governor, Sir Edward Northey was in attendance.

The featherweight competition opened the event with 8, two-minute round bout won by Coulson. Everyone anticipated the next battle between McArthur and Engeland to be a good match. Both men weighed in at 11stone, 5 ½ pounds. The bout was scheduled to be 10, two-minute rounds, but Engeland was “floored below the ropes” in the first round. Heavy-weights Brown vs Cottar only lasted 3 rounds before Brown forced Cottar to his knees. And so went the evening. Lightweight Lambert knocked out Wetherall in the first round. Welter-weight Andrew vs Jones was to be the evening’s highlight with a 15 round match. The referee stopped the fight in the third round “Jones being floored so frequently that in any case the knockout would have been merely a matter of time.”
Next week: More sporting news.

Photo-clips and quotes are taken from The East African Standard. Febr. 12, 18, and 19, 1921.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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