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Jake Kilrain

Jake Kilrain (Boxing.  Born, Greenpoint, NY, Feb. 9, 1859; died, Quincy, MA, Dec. 22, 1937.)  Born John Joseph Killion in what is now Brooklyn, Jake Kilrain became a professional prize fighter at 21.  Although prize fighting was illegal in New York during most of his career, Kilrain fought once in Brooklyn (1886), once at Coney […]

Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett (Boxing.  Born, San Francisco, CA, Sept. 1, 1866; died, Bayside, NY, Feb. 18, 1933.)  Gentleman Jim was the name by which heavyweight champion James John Corbett was best known, both on the stage and in the ring.  Corbett began his pugilistic career in the early 1880s in San Francisco, won the heavyweight crown […]

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