Boxing History

John L. Sullivan Born This Day October 15, 1858

 

John L. Sullivan Born This Day October 15, 1858

 

John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – February 2, 1918), also known as the “Boston Strong Boy”, was an Irish-American boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing, holding the title from February 7, 1882, to 1892. He is also generally recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing under the London Prize Ring Rules.

Sullivan was voted “Athlete of the Century.”  Also reported to be the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars in their career.

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