John C. Heenan, Champion of the World

John C. Heenan, Champion of the World

Description (Brief)
Color print, 3/4 length seated portrait of a man (John Carmel Heenan).
John Carmel Heenan (1833-1873), known as the Benicia Boy, became the American Heayweight champion on October 30, 1858, when he fought John "Old Smoke" Morrissey at Long Point, Canada. Even though Morriseey knocked Heenan outin 11 rounds, Morrissey refused a rematch so Heenan became champion by default. Heenan then went on to fight Tom Sayers at Farnborough, Hampshire, Eng., on April 17, 1860 for the world championship.. After 42 rounds, spectators broke into the ring son the fight was declared a draw and they both were declared chanpions.Heenan retired December 8, 1863 after loosing to Tom Kings in 24 rounds in Wadhurst Kent.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1860
depicted
Heenan, John Camel
maker
Currier & Ives
place made
United States: New York, New York
Measurements
image: 12 in x 8 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
DL.60.3195
catalog number
60.3195
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Boxing
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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