John L. Sullivan was born on October 15, 1858 in Roxbury, Boston, MA. He is the link between bare knuckles and glove fighting and is considered to be one of the best heavyweights ever. He held the undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Championship for ten years, winning it in 1882 from Paddy Ryan and losing it in 1892 to James J. Corbett. Other notable fighters he fought and defeated included Jake Kilrain, Charlie Mitchell and Dominic McCaffrey. Offered here is an original, first generation photograph of John L. Sullivan wearing period dress. This is an original, first generation photo. Bold, clear image. Clean. Crease on right side. Tack hole in upper right corner. 4" x 6 1/8."