Muldoon Spars With Sullivan

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William Muldoon was the reigning World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and a noted physical culturist, when he was engaged by John L. Sullivan’s backers to get their fighter in shape.  Sullivan was the reigning World Heavyweight Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Champion.  He signed an agreement to meet his toughest challenger, Jake Kilrain, in July 1889. Sullivan admitted he was in bad shape,

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6 Young Robbers Kill Officer and Citizen

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The day before Independence Day in 1925, 75 employees of the H.S. Printing Company were watching the clock about 4:00 p.m. as they would soon be getting off work.  Suddenly, 6 young men, armed with revolvers, popped into the office on the sixth floor of 1531 Washington Avenue, a 10-story loft building in St. Louis, Missouri. Frank Bird, Maurice O’Flaherty,

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Jake Kilrain Boxes to a Draw

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While famous for fighting John L. Sullivan in the last world championship prizefight contested under bare knuckle rules, Jake Kilrain also took part in many gloved bouts.  Prizefighting was transitioning from bare knuckle rules to gloved bouts under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules (early amateur and professional boxing) in the late 19th Century. Like Sullivan, Kilrain would fight in major

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Alex Aberg Returns to Europe

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Alex Aberg defeated many notable foes in the greatest year of his professional wrestling career.  In 1915, Aberg competed in both the Spring and Fall versions of the New York International Wrestling Tournament.  Competing exclusively in his preferred style of Greco-Roman wrestling, Aberg defeated Dr. Benjamin Roller, Wladek Zbyszko and Ed “Strangler” Lewis along with a number of journeyman wrestlers.

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Boxing’s Effect on Legitimate Wrestling

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In the 1910s, American professional wrestling permanently moved from legitimate wrestling contests to prearranged exhibitions.  Fan interest, promoter control and less wear and tear on the wrestlers all played a role in this transition.  Another less talked about pressure was outside of the sport itself. Prior to the 20th Century, professional boxing was illegal in the United States.  Bare knuckle

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