Regular price $5,500.00

Jake Kilrain was born in Greenpoint, New York on February 9, 1859. He began his professional boxing career on January 1, 1879 stopping Jack Daley in two rounds. During his career he fought James J.Corbett, Charley Mitchell, and Frank Slavin. On July 8, 1889 he fought John L. Sullivan for the World Heavyweight Title. John L. Sullivan fought one of his most famous bouts with Jake Kilrain in the last significant bare knuckle bout in boxing. Kilrain was hailed by Richard Fox, the publisher of the Police Gazette, as the new champion. Fox disliked Sullivan for a perceived slight in a bar and had long searched for an opponent to topple him. Sullivan’s weight had ballooned to 240 flabby pounds, and he went into extensive training with champion wrestler William Muldoon to trim down to 205. In the fight, Sullivan got off to a good start by tripping and hip-tossing Kilrain to win the first two rounds. Sullivan was thrown in the third. From then on, Kilrain fought on gamely but Sullivan had the better of it. Beaten and battered, Kilrain could not come to scratch for the 76th round. Offered here is a very scarce advertising silk of Jake Kilrain.
This is an advertising silk for Jake Kilrain which was put out by his prime backer, Richard K. Fox of the Police Gazette. Circa 1889. Kilrain is pictured at center in bust pose and is flanked by his colors. This brilliant silk maintains bold color and the image of Kilrain is clear, No color run. A few small pulls in the silk which are not noticeable. This delicate silk has been professionally framed. 32" x 32." One of the finest examples of this silk we have had to offer.

Size: 32 x 32

Condition: excellent