Name: PETROLLE, BILLY ORIGINAL WIRE PHOTO (1932-PREPARING FOR CANZONERI)
History: Billy Petrolle was born on January 10, 1905 in Berwick, Pennsylvania. Nicknamed "The Fargo Express", Petrolle is perhaps best known for challenging World Lightweight Title holder Tony Canzoneri. In 1932 the two met for the World Lightweight Title, and Canzoneri was "squarely at his peak: a Canzoneri so magnificently conditioned, so beautifully attuned that even the old-timers at the ringside admitted he was worthy to stand alongside the lightweight giants of the past." (United Press). Petrolle dropped a decision in the bout at Madison Square Garden. It is said he had fought some 255 bouts. He also fought Jack Berg, Jimmy McLarnin, and Sammy Mandell during his career. Petrolle retired during the Great Depression with $200,000 and an iron foundry in Duluth, Minnesota. He later owned a religious goods and gift shop in Duluth, and was the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pioneer National Bank. Offered here is an original wire photograph of Billy Petrolle in New York training for his upcoming fight with Tony Canzoneri.
Full description: This is an original wire photo which is date stamped October 30, 1932 and which includes the original newspaper cation on the reverse. Bold, clear image. Photo has some slight silvering. Tear on left border with no paper loss. Minor edge and surface wear. Photo has some slight waviness. 8" x 10."
Size: 8 x 10
Categories: Photograph - Petrolle, Billy -
Condition: very good
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