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HISTORY: James Emerson Delaney (August 12, 1924 – June 25, 1947), known professionally as Jimmy Doyle, was an American welterweight boxer. Doyle" made his debut as a professional boxer in 1941 and in 1947 lost to Sugar Ray Robinson by 9th round TKO. After the bout, Doyle went to the hospital, suffering from a severe head injury. Although Doyle was leading, Referee Jackie Davis stopped the bout after Doyle went down for the third time in the 9th round. n 1947, Doyle challenged Sugar Ray Robinson for the World Welterweight Title. Robinson had the advantage in every round except the sixth, when he was staggered twice and hurt. A single left hook from Robinson ended the fight. "That punch knocked Jimmy rigid.... With heels resting against the canvas as if hinged, Doyle's body went down. It struck the floor with a thud, like a rigid mass falling. His head crashed against the padded canvas, and as the referee started the count. Doyle raised his head and rested on his elbows.... The referee counted to ten. Doyle was out." Doyle was taken to St. Vincent's Charity Hospital immediately after the bout, and failed to regain consciousness and died a few hours later. Jimmy Doyle was fighting in Cleveland, since after suffering some heavy knockouts in California that state's boxing commission would not sanction him to fight again. After his death, criminal charges were threatened against Robinson in Cleveland, up to and including manslaughter, though none actually materialized. Robinson's biographer Wil Haygood stated during a September 25, 2010 book festival appearance that Doyle was pushing himself to fight to "buy his mother a house" and after Doyle's death in 1947, Robinson gave the earnings of his next four fights to Doyle's mother, so she could buy that house. Offered here is an album page which has been signed by Jimmy Doyle. From the collection of former Boxing Illustrated writer Ralph Pollack who had the album page signed by Jimmy Doyle in the mid 1940's at Stillman's Gym in New York City.

FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original paper album page. Bold pencil signature, "To My Buddy Jimmy Doyle." Clean with only light toning from aging. Not creased or torn. Minor edge wear. 4 3/8" x 5 1/4." Rare signature.

Size: 4 3/8 x 5 1/4

Condition: excellent