Name: VILLA, PANCHO ORIGINAL WIRE PHOTO (1924)
History: Pancho Villa, original name Francisco Guilledo (born Aug. 1, 1901, Iloilo, Phil.—died July 14, 1925, San Francisco, Calif., U.S.), Filipino professional boxer, world flyweight (112 pounds) champion.
Villa began his boxing career in 1919, winning various titles in the Philippines. Within a few months of his arrival in the United States, he knocked out the American flyweight champion, Johnny Buff (John Lesky), in the 11th round of a nontitle fight on Sept. 15, 1922. Villa won the world flyweight championship by knocking out Jimmy (“Mighty Atom”) Wilde of Wales in the seventh round on June 18, 1923. He made several title defenses before his last fight, a nontitle bout on July 4, 1925, when he lost a 10-round decision (a fight whose outcome is determined by judges’ scoring) to Irish-born Canadian Jimmy McLarnin. Ten days later, Villa died from blood poisoning caused by an infected gum where one of his wisdom teeth had been removed just before the fight. He had a record of 73 wins (22 by knockouts), 5 losses, 4 draws, and 23 no decisions (a common result in boxing’s early days). Villa was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994. Offered here is an original wire photograph of Pancho Villa in full fight pose taken on June 10, 1924, the day of his first fight as a bantamweight against Bud Taylor.
Full description: This is an original International News Photos wire photograph with their stamp on the back. No caption. Date stamped June 10, 1924 on back. Image is clear and bold. Minor tear on right border with no paper loss. Clean front and back. Minor edge and corner wear. No creases. 6 1/2" x 8 1/2."
Size: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2
Categories: Antique Photographs (Pre-1930) - Villa, Pancho -
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