John Sullivan standing shirtless at center in boxing stance in an outdoor fenced in area, facing right in image.
Undefeated for many years, champion John Sullivan fought wearing gloves as well as bare-knuckled. He was a champion in the United States and abroad, fighting in France, England, and Ireland. Sullivan was said to have earned nearly $100,000 in prize money. However, he spent much of his winnings on alcohol and later died of complications related to his drinking.