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  Notable Facts about John L.

 

 

 
The last Bare-Knuckle Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World
 
The first Gloved Heavyweight Champion of the World
 
Defended his Bare-Knuckle title in 1889, for the final time in a historic 75 round fight (yes, SEVENTY FIVE)
 
The first American athlete to become a national celebrity, and to earn over $1 million (in 1890 dollars)
 
Revered Sporting Man (A 'Sporting Man', was one who frequented saloons, gambled, attended races & prizefights, fancied top hats, diamond brooch pins & canes, drank liquor, and associated with 'Sporting Women'.)
 
Renowned vaudeville performer
 
Close friends with President Teddy Roosevelt – they even sparred a couple rounds
 
An icon of the saloon culture, his portrait hung on the wall of nearly every establishment across the nation
 
Known for his trademark phrase upon entering a saloon, “I can beat any son-of-a-bitch in the house.”  He always did – and then he bought the house a round
 
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