Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight - Carson City, NV
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N 39° 09.869 W 119° 45.603
11S E 261537 N 4338658
This plaque is in front of the Carson City sheriff department in Carson City.
Waymark Code: WMBE94
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 05/11/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Marky
Views: 13

The plaque tells the story of a historic fight at the site, when the site was an arena.
Marker Title (required): Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 243

Marker Text (required):
On March 17, 1897, at an arena located on this site, Carson City played host to Nevada's first world championship prizefight, a fourteen-round thriller in which the reigning heavyweight titlist, James J. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, was dethroned by Robert Fitzsimmons. The Nevada Legislature had only recently legalized prizefighting and the match became the object of scathing criticism from the press and pulpit of other states, but fight fans by the thousands came in. Promoter Dan Stuart put on a clean show and demonstrated that boxing need not be brutal or crooked. Other states were soon to liberalize their own prizefight laws and the sport began to assume a degree of respectability it had not enjoyed in the past. In later years, Nevada was to be the scene of several other world championship fights.

County (required): Carson City

Marker Type (required): Full Size (with blue painted mesh)

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

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