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John L. Sullivan
Global ID10547
sexmale
birthdate 1858-10-15
death date 1918-02-02 (59)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
reach74″   /   188cm
aliasThe Boston Strong Boy
country USA
residenceRoxbury, Massachusetts, USA
birth placeRoxbury, Massachusetts, USA
birth nameJohn Lawrence Sullivan
won 38 (KO 32) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 1 = 41
rounds boxed 131 KO% 78.05
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1892-09-07James J. Corbett8-0-2
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALKO21
time: 1:30 | referee: Professor John Duffy
World Heavyweight Title
1888-01-05William Samuells
Philharmonic Hall, Cardiff, Wales, United KingdomWTKO33x3
Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), Friday, January 6, 1888
1887-01-18Patsy Cardiff22-0-6
Washington Roller Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USADPTS66
referee: Pat Sullivan
Sullivan broke his left arm early in the 1st round.
Gate: $8,000
Attendance: 10,000 (Minneapolis Journal 1-19-1887)

1886-11-13Paddy Ryan1-1-0
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO3
1886-09-18Frank Herald4-0-0
Coliseum Rink, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTD2
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.
1885-08-29Dominick McCaffrey7-2-2
Chester Drving Park, near Cinncinati, Ohio, USAWPTS76
Scheduled as a 6-rounder, but owing to a mistake, a 7th round was fought. Hard Gloves.
1885-06-13Jack Burke22-1-5
Driving Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS55
Jack Burke was only a middleweight.
1885-01-19Paddy Ryan1-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USANCNC14
1885-01-12Alf Greenfield3-4-0
Institute Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS44
Owing to the order of the police captain, Sullivan carried Greenfield.
1884-11-18Alf Greenfield3-2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTD2
Police stopped the bout. Referee awarded decision to Sullivan.
1884-11-10John Laflin
New York, New York, USAWKO4
Hybrid rules. After being dropped in the 1st round, Laflin was given 30 seconds to recover, in LPR fashion, before continuing.
1884-05-02Enos Phillips
Nashville, Tennessee, USAWKO4
This bout was 4 rounds if calculated based on LPR rules, but only 1 round lasting 2 minues under Queensberry rules.
1884-05-01William Fleming
Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO14
1884-04-29Dan Henry
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USAWKO14
1884-04-10Al Marx
Grand Opera House, Galveston, Texas, USAWKO14
time: 0:55
1884-03-06George M Robinson
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWDQ44
Robinson went down 51-66 times in 4 rounds until finally disqualified for going down without being hit.
1884-02-06James Lang
Seattle, Washington, USAWKO14
1884-02-01Sylvester Le Gouriff
Astoria, Oregon, USAWKO14
1884-01-12Fred Robinson
Butte, Montana, USAWKO2
1883-12-04Mike Sheehan
Davenport, Iowa, USAWTKO1
1883-11-26Morris Hefey
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWKO1
1883-11-03Jim Miles
East Saint Louis, Illinois, USAWTKO1
1883-10-17James McCoy1-0-0
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USAWKO1
1883-08-06Herbert Maori Slade0-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO3
The exotic Maori was basically a large punching bag.
1883-05-14Charlie Mitchell15-0-2
New York, New York, USAWTKO3
Mitchell knocked Sullivan down it the 1st round
1882-11-17P J Rentzler
Theatre Comique, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWTKO14
1882-10-30Charley ODonnell
Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO1
1882-10-16S P Stockton
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWKO2
1882-09-23Henry Higgins
St. James A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWTKO34
1882-07-04Jimmy Elliot1-0-0
Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO3
Elliot was a former claimant to the Heavyweight Championship of America
1882-04-20John McDermont
Grand Opera House, Rochester, New York, USAWTKO3
1881-09-03Jack Burns
Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO14
1881-08-13Captain James Dalton
USAWKO44
1881-07-21Dan McCarty
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO1
1881-07-11Fred Crossley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO14
1881-05-16John Flood
Yonkers, New York, USAWKO8
LPR bout with hard gloves, lasted 16 minutes total. Fight held on a barge six miles up the Hudson River.
1881-03-31Steve Taylor0-3-0
Harry Hill's, New York, New York, USAWTKO24
referee: Matt Grace
1880-12-24Professor John Donaldson1-0-0
Pacific Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWRTD10
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.
1880-06-28George Rooke0-1-0
Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO3
1879-03-14Johnny Cocky Woods
Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO5
1879-03-13Jack Curley
Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO?
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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