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Gus Ruhlin

One of the best heavyweights during a period known as the “Golden Age of Boxing,” a period which boasted of such champions as James F. Jeffries, Jim Corbett, Bob Fritzsimmons and Tom Sharkey. Born in Canton, Ruhlin launched his boxing career in Akron in 1896. His first big fight of his career came in San Francisco, where he battled Jeffries to a 20 round draw to become nationally known. Later he was knocked out in the first round by Sharkey, but in a return match in 1900 at Coney Island, N.Y., Ruhlin KO’d Sharkey in the 15th round. Eventually, Ruhlin fought Jeffries in his only world championship bout in San Francisco – losing by a TKO in the fifth round. He fought his last fight in 1905, and seven years later dies at the age of 40.

Inducted 1959 | Boxing