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Belfast, N.Y., houses Bare Knuckle Hall

Updated: October 20, 2010, 12:33 PM ET
By Ryan Whirty | Special to Page 2

BELFAST, N.Y. -- With a faint, musty smell in the air and sunlight bathing the cramped little room, Scott Burt picked up a ceramic jug and smiled broadly. He stood in what he calls "the cell," a space, complete with iron bars, in a 126-year-old barn that has become the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.

It was in the cell that trainer William Muldoon locked famed prizefighter John L. Sullivan overnight to dry out from an evening of carousing in the local pubs. But Sullivan cleverly hid ...

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