Famous Prize Fight Marker

Boston Corner, New York

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Famous Prize Fight

Photo taken by Marc Belanger in April 2012

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Boston Corner is a hamlet of the town of Ancram in Columbia County, New York, United States and the town of Northeast in Dutchess County, New York. It was formerly part of the town of Mount Washington, Massachusetts and was annexed to New York State on April 13, 1857, because its geographical isolation from the rest of Massachusetts made maintaining law and order difficult.

On Wednesday, October 12, 1853, an event took place that would change the face of Boston Corners forever. On that date a brash young fighter from Troy, N.Y., by the name of John Morrissey challenged the famed Yankee Sullivan. Sullivan, age 40, weighed 145 pounds, giving away 30 pounds to the younger Morrissey. Morrissey who was 22 years old, stood 6 foot 2 inches and weighed 175 pounds. The purse for the winner was $2,000 and the fight was held in an abandoned brickyard. Today there is a historic marker at the site, on Undermountain Road just north of the Dutchess County line.

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  • March 30, 2015: Added by Marc Belanger

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  • Marc Belanger