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John L. Sullivan

1858 - 1918

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John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – February 2, 1918), known simply as John L. among his admirers, and dubbed the "Boston Strong Boy" by the press, was an American boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing, de facto reigning from February 7, 1882, to September 7, 1892. He is also generally recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing under the London Prize Ring Rules, being a cultural icon of the late 19th century America, arguably the first boxing superstar and one of the world's highest-paid athletes of his era. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John L. Sullivan has received more than 1,350,122 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). John L. Sullivan is the 31st most popular boxer (down from 30th in 2019), the 2,820th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,546th in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Boxer.

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Among boxers, John L. Sullivan ranks 31 out of 326Before him are Rubin Carter, Trevor Berbick, Nino Benvenuti, Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, and Jack Johnson. After him are Manny Pacquiao, Archie Moore, Mate Parlov, Max Baer, Wladimir Klitschko, and Leon Spinks.

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Among people born in 1858, John L. Sullivan ranks 60Before him are Caran d'Ache, Maximilien Luce, Bonar Law, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Archibald Gracie IV, and William Henry Pickering. After him are Francis Preserved Leavenworth, P. J. Kennedy, John A. Hobson, Hans Rott, E. Nesbit, and Gustaf Kossinna. Among people deceased in 1918, John L. Sullivan ranks 81Before him are Eduard, Duke of Anhalt, Eugene Botkin, Radko Dimitriev, Adolphus Frederick VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Georges Ohnet, and Carl Schlechter. After him are Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich of Russia, Prince Igor Constantinovich of Russia, Korbinian Brodmann, Francesco Baracca, Charles Lecocq, and Alexey Kaledin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John L. Sullivan ranks 2,820 out of 18,182Before him are Sung Kang (1972), Jedediah Smith (1799), Lea Thompson (1961), Ernest King (1878), Helen Parkhurst (1886), and Chico Marx (1887). After him are Francis Preserved Leavenworth (1858), Dana Delany (1956), Joe Pass (1929), Mitch McConnell (1942), Harold Sakata (1920), and Jeb Bush (1953).

Among BOXERS In United States

Among boxers born in United States, John L. Sullivan ranks 20Before him are Floyd Patterson (1935), Larry Holmes (1949), Ken Norton (1943), Rubin Carter (1937), Sugar Ray Leonard (1956), and Jack Johnson (1878). After him are Archie Moore (1916), Max Baer (1909), Leon Spinks (1953), Henry Armstrong (1912), Roy Jones Jr. (1969), and Jersey Joe Walcott (1914).