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John L. Sullivan vs. Tug Wilson...



Item # 598477

July 18, 1882

THE CLEVELAND LEADER, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 1882

* John L. Sullivan
* Heavyweight boxing


Page 2 has one column headlines that include: "TOUGH 'TUG'", "The American Champion Fails to 'Knock Him Out'", "In the Prescribed Four 'Three Minute Rounds'", "Though He Batters Him About Like a Rubber Ball", "The Englishman Knocked Down Twenty-Seven Times", and more (see photos). Lengthy text takes up almost two full columns.

Other news and advertisements of the day. Complete in 8 pages, minor spine wear, otherwise in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: In 1882, Wilson was recruited by American newspaper publisher Richard Kyle Fox, who had been impressed with tales of Wilson's scientific skills from overseas, to take on world heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan. Wilson accepted the invitation and arrived in Philadelphia on June 21, 1882. Fox was stunned to find that Wilson was by this time a middle-aged, overweight has-been. Still, Wilson was matched with Sullivan on July 17, 1882 at Madison Square Garden. Promised $1,000 if he could make it through all four scheduled "exhibition" rounds, Wilson resorted to running, wrestling, and intentionally falling in order to get away from the champion. Though he made it the full distance and received his reward, he was roundly booed by the crowd and won Sullivan's eternal hatred.

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