Name: LEONARD, BENNY-PAL SILVERS WIRE PHOTO (1931-SQUARING OFF)
History: On October 6, 1931 at Queensboro Stadium in Long Island City, New York former world lightweight champion Benny Leonard launched his comeback to the ring against Pal Silvers. Leonard knocked Silvers out in the 2nd round. Leonard's first bout after a seven-year retirement. He "is a pudgy, slow-footed old man of 35, making a desperate effort to recoup the fortune lost in stock speculation. The 15,000 spectators who paid $25,000 to witness Leonard's debut at Queensboro stadium were disappointed. They came to see their former old idol disprove the 'they never come back' axiom by a masterly exhibition of boxing skill. Benny scored his 'knockout' in the manner made famous - or infamous, if you will - by Primo Carnera. The spectators, who sat in stunned silence as the once unhittable Leonard had his face peppered red by an opponent who wouldn't have been considered worthy of carrying the gloves of the Leonard of a decade ago, greeted Silvers' 'dive' with boos and cat calls, and for the first time in his career, Leonard was hooted as he left the ring." (UP). Offered here is an original wire photo depicting the two fighters squaring off before the bout began.
Full description: This is an original Associated Press wire photo with their stamp and caption on the back. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Not creased or torn. Minor edge and corner wear. 8" x 10."
Size: 8 x 10
Categories: Photograph - Leonard, Benny -
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