Re: John Sullivan In The Modern Era
Read John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion. I assure you that you will not be disappointed, and your questions will be answered much better than I can do in a short post. By reading fight by fight accounts, you will get a feel for his style and skills, which are also specifically discussed. You will also get plenty of discussion of how fast and powerful he was, as well as the experience level of his opponents. It's all there. Just ask anyone who has read it.
Let's put it this way. Picture a sport that exists, but is considered a fringe sport. Then imagine a guy who comes along and is so phenomenal, that everyone wants to see him. A guy who is so good that he causes an entire sport to raise up in its popularity to become one of the two most popular sports in the nation. A guy so fantastic that he turns the sport into a lucrative business. A guy so awe-inspiring that people who took little interest in boxing suddenly wanted to watch it. That guy was John L. Sullivan.