"This booth has two giant pictures of boxers painted on boards either side of a red curtain."

Boxing booth, 1961
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumBoxing booth, 1961 - Credit: National Fairground Archive
As a result of tighter regulation, boxing booths are no longer a feature of touring fairgrounds.  But previously they had been popular as far back as the Restoration. They generally attracted good crowds in the 1950s when local lads would take on the hard-bitten professionals.

These images come from the National Fairground Archive, which has also published a book by Vanessa Toulmin with a similar title to this story, A Fair Fight.

Boxing booth, 1959
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumBoxing booth, 1959 - Credit: National Fairground Archive