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John L. Sullivan Biography - The First Boxing Celebrity, End Of An Era, Chronology, Last Of The Bare-knuckle Champions

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American boxer

John L. Sullivan was the last of the "bare-knuckle" boxing champions. Heavyweight champion of the world from 1882 to 1892, he lost his title to Jim Corbett in the first heavyweight boxing championship to be fought with gloves. Considered by many to be the first American sports star, Sullivan was undefeated in his twenty-seven-year career until his bout with Corbett. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

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over 6 years ago

I believe my grandmother was John L Sullivans Niece, her name was Emily Amelia Cross born 24th March 1894 died 6th July 1978

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about 6 years ago

DId he ever drinking? Also was he the first person to bring the red nose pit bulls to USA?

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over 6 years ago

My Grandmother always claimed that John L Sullivan was her Uncle. I have not been able to make the connection for sure but it seems that Rebecca Carlisle Sullivan was the connection. Would you be able to give me more of his geneology?

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almost 7 years ago

John L Sullivan was my Great Uncle, my fathers Mother was Grace Sullivan. Until my Daddy's Father was killed. John was Grace' sister. Please send more on his biography please. Need this for my children and Grandchildren. Thank You,

Kind Regards,

Janet Grooms