John L. Sullivan vs. Johnny Cocky Woods

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John L Sullivan beat Johnny Cocky Woods by KO in round 5

  • Date: 1879-03-14
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • This bout marked John L. Sullivan's first appearance in print. Officially an exhibition, this bout took place as part of a benefit for fellow pugilist Dan Dwyer at the Alhambra on Hanover Street in Boston. Though Woods was the older, more experienced man, Sullivan completely dominated his opponent. The Boston Globe of the next day referred to the young Sullivan as "the 'strong boy' of Boston Highlands," indicating that his demolition of Woods "gave the spectators much pleasure."