In the late 1960s Caesars Palace began promoting outdoor boxing on the southside of their property. Thru the 1970s most all major Vegas boxing events took place on the south-west side of Caesars, and later closer to the I-15 freeway either outdoors (as seen above) or later, within a permanent indoor arena located in this same general area.
Following the opening of the new MGM Grand, in 1993, most championship Las Vegas boxing events have been held in MGM's Arena.
Most Caesars' boxing events were held in the back part of Caesars' property (see red star) though some other 1980 events were held outdoors in the location indicated by the yellow star.
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BOXING HISTORY IN NEVADA
Before the late 1890s, boxing matches consisted of basic bare-knuckled brawling. In 1892 a prizefight was held between the first U.S. heavyweight champion Jim Corbett and John L. Sullivan. Titled 'The Battle of New Orleans' - the fight was held using Queensbury rules which stated boxers must wear gloves during a championship match.
Photo shows the outdoor Carson City event. Motion picture cameras were set up in a ringside camera shed and later shown in theaters through-out the country.
On St. Patrick's Day 1897 a championship match, labeled 'The Fight of the Century', was held in Carson City, Nevada between Bob Fitzsimmons and Jim Corbett. The fight was filmed by the Edison Picture Company and was one of the first major sporting events played nationally in early movie theaters and nickelodeons.
The total expenditures to hold and relay this fight were over $2,700,000. $1,300,000 of that money went to wire services and telegraph companies for the live reporting of the event. Fitzsimmons won the championship and the combined purse of $38,000. Bets made on the fight were likewise huge. One San Francisco bookmaker alone distributed over $150,000 in gold the day after the fight.
Nine years after Nevada's Fitzsimmons versus Corbett fight, a championship match between Joe Gans and Oscar Nelson was held in Nevada, this time located in the once famous mining town of Goldfield (population 30,000 in 1906). The fight took place on Labor Day, September 1906.
The purse for the match, between Oscar Nelson and Joe Gans, was $33,500 . Over 100,000 boxing fans attended. The fight was held outdoors, in sweltering heat and lasted nearly three hours and 42 rounds.
The Gans-Nelson fight is commemorated by this marker in current day Goldfield.
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