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 1,219,385 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). John L. Sullivan is the 30th most popular boxer (up from 31st in 2019), the 2,547th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,805th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Boxer.

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Among boxers, John L. Sullivan ranks 30 out of 324Before him are Larry Holmes, Nino Benvenuti, Jack Johnson, Max Baer, Lennox Lewis, and Sugar Ray Leonard. After him are Vitali Klitschko, Manny Pacquiao, Trevor Berbick, Emile Griffith, Archie Moore, and Wladimir Klitschko.

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Among people born in 1858, John L. Sullivan ranks 54Before him are Saitō Makoto, William Henry Pickering, Keke Geladze, Ethel Smyth, Archibald Gracie IV, and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. After him are Wilhelm Fliess, Maximilien Luce, Joséphin Péladan, Francis Preserved Leavenworth, Bonar Law, and John A. Hobson. Among people deceased in 1918, John L. Sullivan ranks 69Before him are Hermann von Eichhorn, Roman Malinovsky, August Oetker, Moisei Uritsky, Christian Otto Mohr, and Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia. After him are Radko Dimitriev, Carl Schlechter, Francesco Baracca, Charles Lecocq, Olga Rozanova, and Prince Constantine Constantinovich of Russia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John L. Sullivan ranks 2,547 out of 15,968Before him are Henry Silva (1928), Philip Sheridan (1831), Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Margaret Fuller (1810), Jo Van Fleet (1915), and Billy Preston (1946). After him are Kate Millett (1934), Amber Heard (1986), Captain Beefheart (1941), Wendy Carlos (1939), Don Walsh (1931), and Josh Duhamel (1972).

Among BOXERS In United States

Among boxers born in United States, John L. Sullivan ranks 21Before him are Floyd Patterson (1935), Ken Norton (1943), Larry Holmes (1949), Jack Johnson (1878), Max Baer (1909), and Sugar Ray Leonard (1956). After him are Archie Moore (1916), Henry Armstrong (1912), Pete Rademacher (1928), Rocky Graziano (1919), Jersey Joe Walcott (1914), and Roy Jones Jr. (1969).