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Sullivan-Corbett captured the imagination of fight fans

If John L. Sullivan could do anything better than fight, it was entertain a crowd. The Boston Strong Boy did both in a losing effort to James J. Corbett on Sept. 7, 1892. Don Stradley revisits the 19th-century megafight.

Originally Published: September 7, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

Saloons and hotel lobbies in all major American cities were wired for bulletins the night of Sept. 7, 1892. People were anxious to hear news from New Orleans, where the heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan, was defending the laurels against James J. Corbett.

No previous fight had captured the interest of Americans the way this one did. The New York Times wrote that on Broadway, "The line of humanity was like a clumsily-knotted thread, with the tangles where stereopticons flashed ...

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