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    1880's Professor Mike Donovan Original News Photograph. A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Professor Mike Donovan's life was a series of amazing events. He fought in the Civil War, marching with General Sherman through Georgia. He fought John L. Sullivan and was in a bare-knuckle bout refereed by Wyatt Earp. He invented the punching bag. He trained James Corbett for the Sullivan fight and was a corner man in the last bare-knuckle championship fight. He won a fight for the right to becoming boxing instructor at the New York Athletic Club where he was a pioneer of combination punching and evasive footwork. He was friend of US President Teddy Roosevelt and taught him and his sons how to box. His son, Arthur Donovan, is also a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, having officiated twenty Joe Louis bouts, including both Schmeling matches.
    His grandson, Art Donovan Jr., is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Sepia image measures 6.5x8.25" and depicts Donovan in bare-knuckle pose with championship belt. Chipped corners, Brown Brothers stamp on back. Comes with 5.5x7.5" sepia image of 1880's English lightweight champion Gem Carney with "To Mike Donovan" at bottom. Some cracking, Brown Brothers stamp on back.


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    May, 2016
    12th-14th Thursday-Saturday
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