John L. Sullivan vs. John McDermont

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John L Sullivan beat John McDermont by TKO in round 3

  • Date: 1882-04-20
  • Location: Grand Opera House, Rochester, New York, USA
  • Part of Sullivan's tour of the Northeastern U.S., where he offered money to locals who dared enter the ring with him. McDermont (sometimes called McDermott) was a complete amateur and replacement for a more experienced black fighter named Johnson who failed to appear. Eighteen hundred people watched Sullivan take on McDermont, a local fireman who weighed 147 pounds, at Rochester's Grand Opera House. McDermont did well to last into the third round, mostly by keeping his distance from Sullivan, who had to take breaks to catch his breath. Eventually, Sullivan knocked his man out, to the boos of his audience.