✹ About Monday 27 May 1667 Jonathan V on 28 May 2020 • Link From the June 1, '63 entry: "It was very well worth seeing, because I did till this day think that it has only been a cheat; but this being upon a private quarrel, they did it in good earnest ... " So, these "prize fights" seem to be a cross between duels and modern pro "wrestling." Pepys (probably rightly) sees through it in most cases - but in this case he believes the "kayfabe," because it was a private quarrel. Right, and then the two probably went back to the pub and divided their winnings. I remember a bartender back in the 1980s telling me, in all seriousness, that pro wrestling was "all real." Maybe Pepys really is a link to our modernity.