A Trio of Memorable American Prizefights

February 2006
American History;Feb2006, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p36
This article presents statistical data on three boxing events in the U.S. The February 7, 1849 contest between boxers James Sullivan and Tom Hyer is considered to be the first U.S. championship prizefight. An estimated 2,000 Germans traveled to New York to watch the fight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling on July 22, 1938. Ringside tickets for the fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971 cost $150.


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