John L Sullivan Exhibitions
I am very intrigued for some reason by John L's post Corbett exhibitions and have begun to do some research among the newspapers.
Among the more interesting ones I have researched so far is his Aug 31, 1896 4 rounder with Sailor Tom Sharkey... Here's a review of the action...
"Tom Sharkey made his fistic debut in the East last Monday night in a friendly boxing bout with the redoubtable John L. Sullivan, who long ago gave up active ring work for the more remunerative pursuit of the exhibition business. Sharkey wanted badly to display his ability in New York, and in order to all him to do so Sullivan was picked out as a sort of running mate. Doubtless Sullivan was preferred because he is so popular with the fistic masses, and secondly, because against him it was thought that Sharey could appear to advantage on account of John L's slowness and hog fat condition. But the managers of the sailor man missed their mark, for instead of showing to advantage, the ex-seafarer left the ring without having made a single convert to his ambitious cause... the great Bostonian even showed to better boxing advantage than did his side partner, Sharkey, who was to make the hit of the evening."
Anyone else got anecdotes regarding the exhibition phase of Sullivan's career which lasted up till 1909?