John L. Sullivan vs. Al Marx

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John L Sullivan beat Al Marx by KO at 0:55 in round 1 of 4

  • Date: 1884-04-10
  • Location: Grand Opera House, Galveston, Texas, USA
  • According to Michael Isenberg's John L. Sullivan and His America, this is the first professional boxing match to take place in Galveston, Texas. It was part of Sullivan's exhibition tour of the United States.

    Marx, six feet tall and 23 years old, hailed from either Kansas or Pennsylvania, but was living in Galveston. He suffered three knockdowns before the end of the first minute of action, and "threw up the sponge."