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Belfast, New York: Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame

Housed in the barns where bare knuckle boxer John L. Sullivan trained for the 75-round "brawl that started it all" in 1889. Statues of bare knuckle boxers out front.

5 Hughes St., Belfast, NY
Downtown. On the north side of Hughes St., a half-block west of Hwy 19/Main St.
By appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame

This is the place where bare knuckle boxer John L. Sullivan trained for the "brawl that started it all" in 1889. The site consists of the old training barns owned by Sullivan's trainer, William 'Iron Duke' Muldoon. Housed here are some of Sullivan's personal furnishings (like a 130+ year old chaise lounge rumored to be stuffed with horse hair), relics related to his training, and a "Room of Repose." Tours by appointment.

[JodiStudio, 11/08/2016]

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