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Young Corbett II (born William J. Rothwell on October 4, 1880 Denver, Colorado and died on April 10, 1927) is a boxer who held the world featherweight championship. He was He took the name "Young Corbett II" in honor of James J. Corbett, a heavyweight champion. Corbett became a professional boxer in 1896 and was undefeated in his first 13 fights with a record of 9-0-3-1. In 1901, Corbett defeated George Dixon for the Western featherweight title in Denver, Colorado. In his next fight, Corbett faced world featherweight champion Terry McGovern in Hartford, Connecticut. Corbett knocked out McGovern in the second round and took the title. He defended the title four times, including a rematch against McGovern, which Corbett also won by knockout. During this time he also engaged in a number of non-title matches, including one against Young Erne and two against Jimmy Briggs, both of which Corbett won. During this time there is some dispute as to Corbett's claim on the featherweight title. Corbett had trouble making the featherweight limit of 126 pounds, and some sources claim he relinquished his title and moved to the lightweight division in December 1902. Abe Attell then claimed the featherweight title. Other sources show that Corbett defended his featherweight title at weights above 126 pounds with Attell defending the title at 126 pounds. Regardless, Corbett continued to fight. He met future world champion Battling Nelson in two consecutive fights in 1904 and 1905, losing both by technical knockout. He then met old nemesis Young Erne in two more fights in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first fight they fought to a draw. The second fight Corbett lost by decision. He had a mixed record over the five years remaining in his career. Aurelio Herrera knocked him out in 1906, Harlem Tommy Murphy defeated him via decision, but he defeated Young Erne by decision in 1907. His last fight was in 1910. Offered here is an original, first generation, mounted photograph of Young Corbett II as he looked at the height of his career which has been signed on the reverse by his trainer Tim McGrath.
This is an original, first generation, mounted photograph of Corbett in full, fight pose. Photographer stamp from Stacy of Brooklyn, NY in lower right corner. Facsimile signature at bottom of mount. Signed in ink on reverse by Corbett's trainer, " Feb. 29th 04. To George Herbert From Tim McGrath Corbett's Trainer." Not creased or torn. Clear, bold image. Soiling at the mount with a clean image. Edge and corner wear. Tack hole at top and bottom not affecting the image or autograph. 4" x 5 1/2" photo on a mount of 6 3/4" x 9."

Size: 6 3/4 x 9

Condition: very good