Legendary Comics has released an early sneak peek of Championess, the comic book adaptation of the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson, an 18th century bare-knuckle boxer.
Writers: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Artist: Amanda Perez Puentes
Editor: Legendary Comics’ Nikita Kannekanti
Championess is based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson, a female bare-knuckle boxer in 18th century London. Elizabeth, reimagined as half-Indian, and her sister Tess struggle to make ends meet and cover Tess’s debts. While Elizabeth works odd jobs at the local newspaper, the only way she knows how to make enough money to help them survive is her true passion, bareknuckle boxing. With Tess’s support, Elizabeth trains at the boxing facility of one of the most famous retired boxers and the only real fight promoter of any notoriety, James Figg. As Elizabeth trains with Figg and James Stokes, she confronts her personal demons of what destroyed her family and comes to terms with being the first half-Indian female boxer in a white male world.
According to Legendary Comics, the graphic novel is being adapted into a television series in the UK.
Championess is scheduled to arrive on April 13, 2021.