James Figg also known as the father of modern boxing is recognised as the first English bare-knuckle boxing champion. His reign spanned from 1719 all the way up to 1730 when he retired. His record is reported to be 269-1 in 270 fights with him avenging the one solitary loss against a fighter called Ned Sutton. Figg famously opened up the very first boxing academy in the year 1719. He died in 1734 having lived a very eventful life and his legacy was carried forth by his most prominent student from the academy. That student was Jack Broughton.