bookNow in Paperback! The story of the hard-hitting, hard-drinking Gilded Age boxer who became the country’s first sports superstar and Irish-American hero



“Christopher Klein’s Strong Boy is a well-researched look at a forgotten hero: modern boxing’s first heavyweight champion. It’s a go-to resource on John L. Sullivan’s personal life, his ring career, and the era in which he thrived. For all the talk about ‘the man who beat the man,’ here’s a work that documents the man himself.”

—John Florio, author of One Punch from the Promised Land: Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and the Myth of the Heavyweight Title