John Lawrence Sullivan

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Birthday
15, 1858
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Feb 2, 1918 (59)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
15, 1858
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Feb 2, 1918 (59)

About

Recognized as the first Heavyweight Champion of gloved boxing and as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing.

Before Fame

He was arrested for illegal boxing during a time when the sport was taboo.

Trivia

He was the first American athlete to earn over a million dollars.

Family Life

He lived on a farm with his wife, who passed away a few months before he did.

Associated With

Both he and Rocky Graziano were legendary boxers.