In "an act to prevent Prize-fighting and training for Prize-fighting in this Commonwealth," the General Assembly decreed that any person who shall "engage in a Prize-fight, or fight for a bet, wager, or stakes by whatever name it may be called" shall be fined up to one thousand dollars and imprisoned for up to one year. Furthermore, various other penalties were imposed on persons acting as seconds, laying bets, permitting prize-fights on their property, or "training or preparing" persons to engage in them. If either participant should die as a result of a prize-fight, the other combatant and all other persons involved would be guilty of manslaughter and imprisoned from two to ten years.
Brothers James and Lindsay Bassey boxing on Clinton Street, Frankfort. James won the Golden Gloves Championship in 1939 and 1941. Contributed to the Community Memories Project by Robert Bassey, Kentucky Historical Society Collections.