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. Presented here is a very rare, circa 1880's, lapel style souvenir pin for John L. Sullivan. This is a very rare, circa 1880's, souvenir lapel style, metallic pin. Pin firmly attached to back. Bold, clear image. Clean. No dents. Light foxing and light surface wear. Extremely rare issue. 1" diameter.