THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Thursday, March 16, 1876
First female boxing match in Manhattan
In the first organized women's boxing match, Nelly Saunders defeated Rose Harland in a one-point decision after a four-round bout at Harry Hill's on Houston Street. James Campbell, the manager of the concert saloon known for hosting non-mainstream entertainment, conceived the idea and offered a $200 prize for the winner. Saunders, 24, was the wife of a boxer and stood 5-6, 153 pounds. Harland, 25, was an Englishwoman who measured in at 5-7, 164 pounds. The final two rounds were close, but Saunders had won the first two decidedly and was awarded the decision. Harland was given $10 and the women left the ring arm in arm.