HISTORY: 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 rare, original photograph of John L. Sullivan which he has boldly signed and inscribed. Authenticated by JSA and PSA/DNA.
FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original, first generation photograph of John L. Sullivan which is loosely mounted to a photographer's mount. This bold, clear photograph portrays Sullivan in period dress and dates to circa 1893.. Boldly signed on the mount, "Compliments of John L. Sullivan Age 35 To my Friend Parker King." Clean with no staining. Small crease in upper left corner. Minor edge wear.. The photograph has no noticeable flaws. The photo is 3 3/4" x 5 3/8" on a mount of 5 1/4" x 7 7/8." Auctions letters of authentication from PSA/DNA as well as our own. One of the nicest signed photos of John L. Sullivan we have offered.