Name: VILLA, PANCHO-BILL BRENNAN ORIGINAL WIRE PHOTO (1922)
History: Francisco Guilledo (August 1, 1901 - July 14, 1925), more commonly known as Pancho Villa, was a Filipino boxer. Villa, who stood only 5 feet and 1 inch (154 cm) tall and never weighed more than 114 pounds (51 kg), rose from obscurity to win the World Flyweight boxing championship in 1923, earning acclaim in some quarters as "the greatest Asian fighter in boxing history". He was never knocked out in his entire boxing career, which ended with his sudden death at the age of 23 from complications following a tooth extraction. Bill Brennan (June 23, 1893 – June 15, 1924) was an American boxer who fought and lost to World Heavy Weight Champion Jack Dempsey twice. He first began fighting under the name Bill Shanks and knocked out 11 of his first 12 opponents. On June 15, 1924 Brennan was shot to death by two "street thugs" in New York According to Jack Dempsey, Brennan had opened a speakeasy, and some men informed Brennan that he was buying the wrong mob's beer. Brennan is said to have forcibly ejected these men. But on the night of June 15th, he was summoned outside by another man he did not know where a gunman was waiting who then pulled his gun and shot Brennan. Offered here is an original wire photo depicting Pancho Villa and Bill Brennan squaring off with each. Dated November18, 1922.
Full description: This is an original 1922 wire photo stamped on the back by Pacific-Atlantic Photos and includes the original newspaper caption. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. White borders clipped at lower right and left. No creases or tears. 6 1/2" x 8 1/2."
Size: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2
Categories: Antique Photographs (Pre-1930) - Villa, Pancho -
Condition: very good
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