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John L. Sullivan

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38 1 1
32 KOs 1 KOs
last 6


bouts 41
rounds 131
KOs 78%
 
global ID 10547
birth nameJohn Lawrence Sullivan
aliasThe Boston Strong Boy
born 1858-10-15
death date1918-02-02 / age 59
debut1879-03-13 / age 20
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
reach
74″   /   188cm
residence
Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
birth place
Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1892-09-07
212James J. Corbett1788 0 2
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LKO21/0
 L 
KO
21/0
  
time: 1:30   referee: Professor John Duffy
World Heavyweight Title
1888-01-05
William Samuellsdebut
Philharmonic Hall, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
W TKO3/3
 W  
TKO
3/3
  
Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), Friday, January 6, 1888
1887-01-18
229Patsy Cardiff18522 0 6
Washington Roller Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Pat Sullivan
Sullivan broke his left arm early in the 1st round.
Gate: $8,000
Attendance: 10,000 (Minneapolis Journal 1-19-1887)
1886-11-13
Paddy Ryan1 1 0
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1886-09-18
Frank Herald4 0 0
Coliseum Rink, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W TD2/0
 W  
TD
2/0
  
referee: Johnny Newell
Police stopped this fight in the 2nd round after Herald was dropped. Referee awarded decision to Sullivan as per agreement that allowed for a decision if there was a police stoppage.
1885-08-29
208Dominick McCaffrey167½7 2 2
Chester Drving Park, near Cinncinati, Ohio, USA
W PTS7/6
 W  
PTS
7/6
  
Scheduled as a 6-rounder, but owing to a mistake, a 7th round was fought. Hard Gloves.
1885-06-13
238Jack Burke17020 3 2
Driving Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS5/5
 W  
PTS
5/5
  
Jack Burke was only a middleweight.
1885-01-19
Paddy Ryan1 1 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
NNC1/4
 N 
NC
1/4
  
1885-01-12
Alf Greenfield3 4 0
Institute Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Owing to the order of the police captain, Sullivan carried Greenfield.
1884-11-18
Alf Greenfield3 2 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W TD2/0
 W  
TD
2/0
  
Police stopped the bout. Referee awarded decision to Sullivan.
1884-11-10
John Laflin205debut
New York, New York, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
Hybrid rules. After being dropped in the 1st round, Laflin was given 30 seconds to recover, in LPR fashion, before continuing.
1884-05-02
Enos Phillips150debut
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
This bout was 4 rounds if calculated based on LPR rules, but only 1 round lasting 2 minues under Queensberry rules.
1884-05-01
William Flemingdebut
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1884-04-29
Dan Henry190debut
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1884-04-10
Al Marxdebut
Grand Opera House, Galveston, Texas, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
time: 0:55
1884-03-06
George M Robinsondebut
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
W DQ4/4
 W  
DQ
4/4
  
Robinson went down 51-66 times in 4 rounds until finally disqualified for going down without being hit.
1884-02-06
James Langdebut
Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1884-02-01
190Sylvester Le Gouriff300debut
Astoria, Oregon, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1884-01-12
225Fred Robinson153debut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1883-12-04
Mike Sheehan190debut
Davenport, Iowa, USA
W TKO1/0
 W  
TKO
1/0
  
1883-11-26
226Morris Hefey195debut
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1883-11-03
Jim Milesdebut
East Saint Louis, Illinois, USA
W TKO1/0
 W  
TKO
1/0
  
1883-10-17
James McCoy1 0 0
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1883-08-06
205Herbert Maori Slade2010 1 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W TKO3/0
 W  
TKO
3/0
  
The exotic Maori was basically a large punching bag.
1883-05-14
190Charlie Mitchell15015 0 2
New York, New York, USA
W TKO3/0
 W  
TKO
3/0
  
Mitchell knocked Sullivan down it the 1st round
1882-11-17
P J Rentzlerdebut
Theatre Comique, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
W TKO1/4
 W  
TKO
1/4
  
1882-10-30
Charley ODonnelldebut
Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1882-10-16
S P Stocktondebut
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1882-09-23
Henry Higgins194debut
St. James A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W TKO3/4
 W  
TKO
3/4
  
1882-07-04
Jimmy Elliot1 0 0
Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
Elliot was a former claimant to the Heavyweight Championship of America
1882-04-20
John McDermontdebut
Grand Opera House, Rochester, New York, USA
W TKO3/0
 W  
TKO
3/0
  
1881-09-03
Jack Burns215debut
Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1881-08-13
190Captain James Dalton175debut
USA
W KO4/4
 W  
KO
4/4
  
1881-07-21
Dan McCartydebut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1881-07-11
196Fred Crossley200debut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1881-05-16
John Flooddebut
Yonkers, New York, USA
W KO8/0
 W  
KO
8/0
  
LPR bout with hard gloves, lasted 16 minutes total. Fight held on a barge six miles up the Hudson River.
1881-03-31
Steve Taylor0 3 0
Harry Hill's, New York, New York, USA
W TKO2/4
 W  
TKO
2/4
  
referee: Matt Grace
1880-12-24
212Professor John Donaldson1601 0 0
Pacific Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
W RTD10/0
 W  
RTD
10/0
  
referee: Pat Murphy
Scheduled fight to the finish. LPR rules with hard gloves. Cincinnati Daily Gazette reported that nine rounds were fought, lasting 22 minutes, but Cincinnati Daily Inquirer and Cincinnati Commercial (according to Adam Pollack's book) reported 10 rounds. Non-local wires (Chicago Daily Inter Ocean, Indianapolis Sentinel) reported 10 rounds. Kansas City Evening Star reported "on the 10th round Donaldson was too much exhausted to come to the scratch", and also reported Sullivan weighing 192 and Donaldson 164 pounds.
1880-06-28
George Rooke0 1 0
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1879-03-14
Johnny Cocky Woodsdebut
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
1879-03-13
196Jack Curley193debut
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO0/0
 W  
KO
0/0
  
Late night show that began on Mar 13 but went into the early morning hours of Mar 14. Bout took place between 1 and 2 a.m. Sullivan won this fight to the finish (likely LPR rules with gloves) in 1 hour and 14 minutes. Prize money was $250.
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