Fall Premier Auction 2013
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Framed Full Ticket to the World Heavyweight Championship Fight between Champion Jack Johnson and challenger and former retired champion Jim Jeffries held in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910. The day after Christmas in 1908 Johnson had taken the heavyweight title by giving Tommy Burns one of the most one sided beatings ever witnessed in a title fight, to become the first African-American Champ. Thus began the public outcry for a "Great White Hope" to defeat Johnson and retake the title. In 1909 Johnson knocked out Stanley Ketchel and now would get his chance to face the former undefeated champ in the ring. Jeffries, now an alfalfa farmer, has bloated up to almost 300 pounds since his retirement 6 years earlier. By the time of the fight he had lost over 70 pounds. He managed to stay with the better conditioned Johnson for the first few rounds. Johnson started to gain the edge in the 6th and continued to build up momentum in the over 100 degree heat. Jeffries, known for his legendary ability to absorb punishment, managed to stay with him. In the 14th, Johnson knocked Jeffries to the canvas 3 times, the first time the former champ had been knocked down in his career. Finally Jeffries camp threw in the towel and Johnson retained his World Championship title. Full ticket itself has a clean front with VG to VG-EX looking corners. It looks to be crease free. Printing and images are good. In the frame with the ticket is a 13" by 9 1/2" at the top and 8 1/2" at the bottom small broadside promoting the fight. Piece has large images of both boxers as well as the date and location of the fight. The broadside has several creases, none of which looks to be too severe. Framed to a size of 13 1/4" by 21 3/4". Beautiful pair of items from one of the most historic fights in boxing history!