CARNERA, PRIMO-ERNIE SCHAAF WIRE PHOTO (1933)

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On February 10, 1933 at Madison Square Garden in New York future world heavyweight champion Primo Carnera fought Ernie Schaaf in the main event. Carnera knocked Schaaf out in the 13th round. Schaaf suffers an inter-cranial hemorrhage and his left side becomes paralyzed. He underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain and relieve pressure. He died on the 14th at the Polyclinic Hospital. Governor Lehman ordered an immediate investigation, and there were threats of once again repealing prize-fighting in New York State, as well as threats to disbar Carnera due to his immense size. General John J. Phelan and William Muldoon announced that the "super-dreadnaught" class for oversized heavyweights, first organized in 1931, would be re-established and that Carnera could fight opponents only from this class. Meanwhile, there remained some discrepancy over the exact cause of death: some medical experts saying it was caused by injuries received during this bout; others that Shaaf already had some tumor, cyst, lesion or old injury of the brain which contributed to his death. In fact, Schaaf had suffered a bout of influenza leading up to the fight and was in a weakened state. Offered here is an original wire photo which depicts action during the fight.
This is an original International News Photos wire photo with their caption and stamp on back and a full typed label on front. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Not creased, but does have compressions from handling. Small closed tear with no paper loss on lower left border. 8" x 10."

Size: 8 x 10

Condition: very good