Name: BASSETT, PERCY PROMOTIONAL BROADSIDE (1949)
History: Percy Bassett (January 3, 1930 – July 15, 1993) was a featherweight professional boxer from Pennsylvania. Bassett made his professional debut at the age of 17, on July 31, 1947. The result in his first professional bout was a 3rd round knockout of opponent Joe Camarata. Bassett fought frequently, and had compiled a record of 25-0 before losing for the first time, an eight-round points loss to Brown Lee on December 23, 1948. Bassett avenged that loss just eight days later, with a ten round decision. Bassett continued to fight often, and to win most of the time. Unfortunately for Bassett, he had no mob connections, and never got a title fight. He did get an interim belt while Sandy Saddler was in the army, but never had the privilege of fighting for the championship. Despite this, Bassett faced a number of the top small fighters of his era, including Mario Pacheco, Miguel Acevedo, Redtop Davis, Jimmy Carter, Frankie Sodano, Federico Plummer, Ray Famechon, Lulu Perez, and others. Bassett's retirement due to a detached retina came after his last fight, a tenth round TKO of undefeated (16-0) Seraphin Ferrer. Bassett's final record was 64 wins (41 by knockout), 12 losses, and 1 draw. Offered here is an extremely rare promotional broadside put out by Percy Bassett's manager in 1949.
Full description: This is an original, blank backed, paper broadside which pictures Bassett. Ink dated 10/17/49. Not creased or torn. Was put in an album and has the black album paper on back, although it could be removed. Bold print and clear image. Clean. Not creased or torn. 8 1/2" x 11." Rare, the only example we have seen.
Size: 8 1/2 x 11
Categories: Posters & Broadsides & Lobby Cards - -
Condition: very good
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