In America, they used rounds but each round ended in the traditional bare-knuckle boxing manner; when one man fell to the ground the round ended so rounds could be short or last a long time. America shin kickers developed some basic rules:
- Nothing could cover the legs but breeches
- No kicking a downed man
- No kicks above the knee (an automatic forfeiture)
- No grappling
- First to surrender lost
Thankfully, by the end of the 19th century, the sport had disappeared.
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