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His Lifestyle 

Mace was a skilful violinist who originally aspired to a career in music. Indeed it was the trashing of his violin by three thugs in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and his subsequent beating of them in fistic duels in the street, which led him to enter the prize ring. He was also a notable performer of Grecian Statues routines.

In 1866 Mace became the proprietor of the Strawberry Gardens pleasure grounds at West Derby, near Liverpool. At various times, he was also a professional runner, publican, circus proprietor and racehorse owner. He kept a saloon in New York City for several years and later a hotel in Melbourne.

Mace was married three times, twice bigamously, and fathered at least fourteen children by five women. He is believed to have had an affair with the famous American actress Adah Isaacs Menken.

During his life he made a considerable fortune but, due to his compulsive gambling, it was squandered. He ended his life as a penniless busker in Jarrow Durham and was buried in an unmarked grave at Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool.

In 2002, thanks to the Merseyside Former Boxers Association, a fine memorial headstone was finally placed by his grave.

 

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