Hen Pearce

Henry "Hen" Pearce (7 May 1777, in Bristol – 30 April 1809, at St. Martin's Lane, London) was an English bare-knuckle prizefighter who fought under the London Prize Ring rules and was the recognised English Champion from 1804 until his retirement due to ill health in 1807.[1]

Pearce was known as "The Game Chicken", a nickname probably derived from his habit of signing his name "Hen" instead of Henry. He was reckoned a fast, skillful boxer who hit hard with both fists.

On 6 December 1805, Pearce defeated Jem Belcher in a Championship decider ( a fight reported in Pierce Egan's first volume of Boxiana).[2]

He was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1987 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.[1]

See also


  1. Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopaedia. Retrieved on 18 April 2009.
  2. David Snowdon, 'Writing the Prizefight: Pierce Egan's Boxiana World' (2013)

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