KILRAIN, JAKE HAND WRITTEN & SIGNED LETTER (1886)

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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 rare three page, hand written letter, penned and signed by Jake Kilrain to his trainer and second Professor Johnnie Murphy in 1886. The letter discusses training equipment and mentions fighters George LaBlanche and Paddy Duffy.
This is an original three page, hand written letter. Written in fountain pen and boldly signed, "John Kilrain." Has a tear and slight separation at one seam which slightly affects the text. Clean inside and out. Marked lightly on the back page in pencil in the hand of historian Bill Schutte, "Written by boxer Jake Kilrain to boxer Johnny Murphy." Includes original folds. 5" x 8."

Size: 5 x 8

Condition: very good