SMITH, MYSTERIOUS BILLY-TOMMY RYAN OFFICIAL PROGRAM (1895)
On May 27, 1895 at the Seaside Athletic Club at Coney Island, New York Mysterious Billy Smith and Tommy Ryan fought the welterweight title in a scheduled 25 round match. Matched at 142 pounds. Ryan was down in the 10th round and saved by the bell rung at the end of the first minute of the 11th round. Stopped when the police intervened, with Smith hanging helpless on the ropes. The fight was declared a draw. Offered here is a very rare official program for this fight. This official program pictures the fighters on the front and back covers. 4 pages complete. Tight binding. No creases or tears. Not scored. Slight fading of covers. Slight cover soiling. 3 1/4" x 5 1/2."