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John L. Sullivan

Today in the Word August 23, 1992

The legendary bare-knuckles boxing champion John L. Sullivan was confronted by a runt of a man who, suffering from the effects of too much drink, challenged the burly champion to a fight. Sullivan, who once battled toe-to-toe with an opponent for 75rounds, growled, "Listen, you, if you hit me just once&md;and I find out about it ..." The Champ didn't need to finish the sentence!