Stone, Christian; Hersch, Hank
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p7
By 1892 John L. Sullivan had been the champion of the world of bare-knuckle fighting for a decade, though it had been three years since he defended his title in a 75-rounder against Jake Kilrain. The prizefight game had changed since John L. knocked-out Kilrain--in 1890 it had become legal in Louisiana--and the 33-year-old Sullivan made the first sanctioned heavyweight title fight ever the stage of his last defense. A former bank clerk, Corbett lacked Sullivan's raw power in the ring and his roguish charm out of it. At the opening gong a snarling Sullivan charged out of his corner, determined to catch his agile challenger before he could sprint away. Heretofore John L. had been renowned for his sturdy constitution.


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