TOM SPRING v JACK LANGAN (JUNE 1824)
The early skirmishing is finely balanced, Egan's own newspaper reporting: ‘Another skilful stop was made by Spring; and one also by Langan’. But, by the seventh round flash terminology is deployed to convey contrasting progress: ‘This was a prime milling round […] Spring followed his opponent, administering pepper, and Langan’s face clareted. Langan endeavoured to put in a heavy blow, but the harlequin step of Spring would not have it […] “It won’t last long – 5 to 2, and 3 to 1 […]” backers of the Champion were smiling’.
Despite general reservations relating to subtlety, Egan accentuates the resolution of Langan, who ‘could not persuade himself that anything alive could master him’.
Eventually (one hour forty-nine minutes), Spring prevails, but Langan dominates Egan’s closing analysis: ‘he has fallen […] nevertheless, he has risen in the estimation of […] twenty thousand or more spectators’.