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Belcher became bare-knuckle champion in 1800 when he beat Andrew Gamble in five rounds on Wimbledon Common. After defending the title for three years he lost an eye in an accident when playing at rackets and went into semi-retirement, keeping the Jolly Brewers tavern in Wardour Street. Marshall depicts him wearing a 'belcher', a kind of spotted neckerchief named after the boxer. Accompanying him is the bull-terrier Trusty given him by his patron Lord Camelford.

January 1990