The Olympic Club of New Orleans
Epicenter of Professional Boxing, 1883–1897
About the Book
Established in 1883, the Olympic Club catered to a variety of pursuits from target shooting to billiards to boxing—the most popular sport in New Orleans, despite legal prohibitions.
A revised city ordinance and a vague state statute permitting boxing sponsored by chartered athletic clubs were frequently tested at the Olympic, the epicenter of boxing in America. Between 1890 and 1894, the club’s 10,000–seat arena hosted six world championship and seven national or regional title bouts. The 1892 Fistic Carnival featured three world title fights on three consecutive days, culminating in the World Heavyweight Championship between John L. Sullivan and James J. Corbett.
About the Author(s)
S. Derby Gisclair
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 46 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
Table of Contents
One—1883 to 1889 21
Seven—1895 to 1897 168
Appendix: The Olympic Club Fight Record 189
Chapter Notes 192