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MISSISSIPPI: A THREAD THROUGH TIME

Bare Knuckles

  • Aired: 07/09/2017
  • 01:00
  • Rating: NR
It was this week in 1889 when heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan met challenger Jake Kilrain in the last great bare knuckles title fight. The boxers, their fans, and the national press had gathered in New Orleans, but bare knuckles fighting was now illegal in Louisiana, just like in every other state. So what were the promoters up to?
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The last great bare knuckle title fight took place this week in 1889.
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