Preview: Elizabeth Wilkinson’s Bare-Knuckle Boxing Story ‘Championess’

by James Ferguson

This April sees the release of Championess from Legendary Comics, an original graphic novel based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson, a female bare-knuckle boxer in 18th century London. Reimagined as half-Indian, Elizabeth and her sister Tess struggle to make ends meet and cover Tess’ debts. Elizabeth works odd jobs at the local newspaper, but her real passion is bare-knuckle boxing. With her sister’s support, Elizabeth trains at a boxing facility of James Figg, one of the most famous retired boxers and the only real fight promoter of any notoriety. As she trains with Figg and James Stokes, she confronts her personal demons of what destroyed her family, coming to terms with being the first half-Indian female boxer in a white male world.

Championess is written by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas, illustrated by Amanda Perez Puentes, and edited by Nikita Kannekanti. It’s being adapted into a television series by UK-based production company Watford & Essex, a joint venture between Legendary Entertainment and showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham.

Championess is set for release on April 13th, 2021 at your local comic shop, bookstore, and Amazon.

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