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John L. Sullivan Stops Charlie Mitchell This Day May 14, 1883



John L. Sullivan Stops Charlie Mitchell This Day May 14, 1883



John L. Sullivan 190 lbs

Charlie Mitchell 150 lbs

TKO in round 3

Location: New York, New York, USA

Richard K. Fox, editor of the Police Gazzette and hated rival of Sullivan, was constantly searching for the man who would dethrone John L. so that the Police Gazzette would finally hold a heavyweight kingpin. He found Charley Mitchell, heavyweight champion of England though he didn’t weigh much more than a modern day middleweight. Mitchell combined tremendous speed in his hands and feet and when he arrived in America he had only one thought in his mind, to “knock out Mr. Sullivan”. The bout was to be held in the world famous Madison Square Garden, gloved, and under the Marquess of Queensberry rules.

Early on, Sullivan made his trademark charge, hoping to bombard the smaller Mitchell with his terrific punching power. Though Mitchell hit the deck three times he recruited to drop Sullivan for the first time in his career, off a quick left. Sullivan, who forever longer hated the fact that Mitchell dropped him, rose to his feet as quick as possible though the bell ended the tumultuous opening frame. Sullivan, infuriated, annihilated Mitchell in the second and third until the Police stopped the slaughter when Mitchell was completely helpless on the ropes.

Sullivan pleaded in vain for the police to let him get “one more crack at him” but when the police refused, Sullivan walked back to his corner in tears. Its correctly ruled on as a TKO victory for Sullivan because some sources have it surprisingly as just a Win in three rounds for the Great John L. Sullivan.

(Should in fact be ruled a No Contest as it was stopped with no official ruling.)

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