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Sullivan, John Lawrence

Born: 1858 AD
Died: 1918 AD

US boxer


1858 – Born- October 15- Roxbury, now in Boston MA.


1879 – He began his amateur career boxing around New England and became known as the Boston Strong Boy.


1880-1892 – His record – won 38 (KO 32) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 1 = 41 total fights.


1882-1892 – Heavyweight boxing champion.


        -He is widely recognized, as boxing’s first modern world heavyweight champion.


1892 – The last bare-knuckle world heavyweight champion, he held the title in for 10 years, when he lost his crown to James J. Corbett by a knockout under the newly adopted Queensbury rules, requiring padded gloves.


1892-1904 –  Sullivan retired, but appeared in several exhibitions over the next 12 years, including a three rounder against Tom Sharkey. He became a stage actor, speaker, celebrity baseball umpire, bar owner, and sports reporter.


In his later years Sullivan became a teetotaler and often supported the temperance movement.


1990 – He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.