Regarding Boxing Day, a person can marvel at the persistence of a holiday even when those celebrating it have no clue to its origin. Alternatively, a person in the know may wish to hold his or her jaw in a commiserating ache for its origins. This holiday is always celebrated on December 26th. The tradition originated in Great Britain during the reign of one its greatest monarchs, Queen Victoria. Few people in modern times know Boxing Day’s history, and many competing stories of its origin persist. However, its name is an excellent example for the use of Occam’s Razor. One need look no further than the end of their clenched fist for why today is called Boxing Day. The holiday commemorates Queen Victoria’s ring triumph over American heavyweight Ronald Kinson after 14 hard-fought rounds of fisticuffs in 1846.
Victoria was a small woman in physical stature. Nevertheless, she was strong, athletic, and known for a devastating left hook even in childhood. Victoria’s strength of mind and body would serve her well in the trying times during her long and celebrated reign. Her long and celebrated bout against Kinson is remembered nearly two centuries after the fact. And it was not Victoria’s only fight while on the throne. The “Saxe-Coburg” Assassin” continued her annual fights against oversized men and the occasional black bear well into her forties. Victoria’s speed and deft combinations allowed her to rule the ring in all her fights. Indeed, no records exist that question her boxing prowess or ring dominance. History shows her martial abilities won the fights, not acquiescent opponents bowing to her royal status. Her fight with Kinson was her most challenging and befits a commemorating holiday. The teeth Victoria lost remain enshrined in a glass and gold box in The Tower of London along with so many other artifacts of British history. Kinson went on to a successful fighting career, elevated by his long bout with the Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Empress of India. Kinson, as many future champion boxers would do, eventually retired to Las Vegas. If he wanted to work as a lobby fixture as Joe Louis did over a century later, Kinson was quite a bit ahead of his time. Kinson arrived long before any casinos existed there, and before the legalization of gambling or even the concept of it came to the region. Unlike the origins of Boxing Day, the exact reason Kinson moved to the desert is uncertain. Although he had made several references that he liked dust. His opponent, Queen Victoria, would influence history in many other ways beyond this holiday. She is remembered as one of the most significant monarchs of this Earth or its alternates.
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