William Muldoon, Legend of Physical Culture

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      I first read about William Muldoon in a biography of John L. Sullivan, the last bare knuckle heavyweight champion.  Sullivan ushered in gloved boxing by refusing to take part in any more bare knuckle bouts.      The last major bare knuckle bout was fought by Sullivan against Jake Kilrain in 1889.  Odds were against Sullivan, a binge drinker indulging

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Martin “Farmer” Burns

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    Martin “Farmer” Burns was a professional catch-as-catch can wrestler as well as wrestling and physical cultural trainer.  He had success as a professional wrestler even winning the American Heavyweight Championship.  However, he is more famous as a wrestling trainer.      Martin “Farmer” Burns was born February 15, 1861 in Cedar County, Iowa.  Both then and now, wrestling is in

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Jack Johnson and The Fight of the Century

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      After Jack Johnson became champion, a lack of strong contenders caused public pressure to mount on James J. Jeffires, the retired former heavyweight champion, to end his retirement and fight Johnson.  Jeffries was considered the first and most credible of the “White Hope” contenders.      In his prime, Jeffries probably couldn’t beat Johnson.  At 35 years

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