It was Egan’s very public disagreement with the Boxiana publishers (Sherwood, Jones, & Co.) that presented his great rival, Jon Bee, with the unexpected opportunity to supplant him as author of Boxiana IV (1824), the judge awarding Egan the right to continue his Boxiana writing on condition that any such text’s title was prefixed with ‘New Series’. Bee was the pseudonym of John Badcock (fl. 1810-30). Arguably, the 'Boxiana style' remained undiminished, with Bee’s approach allowing a seamless course for the series. This writer is an integral part of any study of pugilistic writing, which is further augmented by his editorship of The Annals of Sporting and Fancy Gazette (biannual, published 1822-28).
His lexical publication, Bee’s Sportsman’s Slang (1825), informs the debate on the specialist jargon of the ring, as well as the flash language of the Fancy. Unfortunately, some of Bee’s energy was channelled into a negative challenging of Egan’s proficiency. Bee had been so piqued by what he perceived as Egan’s efforts to either anticipate or eclipse him with rival publications that he permitted resentment to impinge upon his treatment of certain reports and lexicographical definitions.