THE RYAN AND SULLIVAN BATTLE - THE STORY OF THE FIGHT -
HOW SULLIVAN WON.
Associated Press Dispatch.
NEW ORLEANS, February 7. - The ground selected for the
fight is at Mississippi City, and can be overlooked from the Barnes
Hotel. The excursion trains from this city had not arrived there at
CITY, Miss., Feb. 7. - Trains from New Orleans with excursionists
to witness the prize fight between Ryan and Sullivan, arrived between
10 and 11 o'clock. Sullivan took a room at the hotel opposite Ryan's
room, and within 200 feet of the ring, which was pitched in front of
the Barnes Hotel, under a grove of live oaks. The Sheriff has found
some business in Biloxi. The balcony and trees were black with people,
and indications are that an attempt to stop the fight will be
prevented. At 11:45 the ring was cleared, and Sullivan cast his cap
into the ring amid great applause. The enthusiasm was great when, at
11:57, Ryan entered the ring, and, winning the choice of corners,
selected the southwest corner, leaving Sullivan with the sun in his
A dispute took place over the choice of a referee, which was
finally adjusted by choosing two referees, Alexander Brewster, of New
Orleans, and Jack Hardy, of Vicksburg, who will act jointly.
At 1 o'clock the men stood up for the first round, Ryan offering
Sullivan a bet of $1,000, which was promptly accepted.
The first round was ended by Sullivan knocking Ryan down. First
knockdown and first blood claimed for Sullivan and both honors allowed.
The second round was ended by Ryan throwing Sullivan.
Third round - Ryan was again knocked down by Sullivan.
The fourth round ended by Ryan knocking Sullivan down.
Fifth round - The men clinched, and Sullivan threw Ryan.
Sixth round - Ryan was fairly thrown down again.
In the seventh round there was some sharp fighting, in which
both men were severely punished and both went down together.
The eighth round was ended by Sullivan knocking Ryan completely
out of time.
When the ninth round was called Ryan failed to come to time, and
the fight was declared in favor of Sullivan. Time of fight was