London Prize Ring rules

In 1838, the London Prize Ring rules were codified. Later revised in 1853, they stipulated the following:[7] Fights occurred in a 24 feet (7.3 m)-square ring surrounded by ropes. If a fighter was knocked down, he had to rise within 30 seconds under his own power to be allowed to continue. Biting, headbutting and hitting below the belt were declared fouls.

In 1838, the London Prize Ring rules were codified. Later revised in 1853, they stipulated the following:[7]