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James J. Corbett
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James J. Corbett

1892-1897

Gentleman Jim is known as the father of modern boxing due to his scientific approach to the sport, a technique that enabled him to confound and defeat John L. Sullivan in New Orleans on Sept. 7, 1892. (Remarked Sullivan: "If I had to get licked I'm glad I was licked by an American.")


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