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Bare-knuckles champion John L. Sullivan had defended the Heavyweight Championship for 10 years. Jim Corbett represented the new age of boxing - he had learned not on the street but from a coach and had worked as a bank clerk before turning to the sport of boxing. On September 7, 1892, the two met in New Orleans in a Heavyweight Championship match governed by the Queensbury rules. The Sullivan-Corbett fight of 1892 is identified as the event that brought professional boxing out of the shadows of criminality into the realm of acceptable public entertainment. The ticket in this auction has several creases, but is otherwise in very good condition.
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