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On August 29, 1951 at Madison Square Garden in New York welterweights Kid Gavilan and Billy Graham met for the third time. Gavilan was awarded a highly controversial 15 round split decision. Regarded as one of the most controversial decisions of all time. The crowd violently protested the decision. Referee Conn, who had cast the deciding vote in favor of Gavilan, had to leave the ring under police protection. Among critics, opinions were divided sharply over who deserved the decision. Some had Graham a clear winner, while others thought the decision was close enough to go either way. "The writer scored the battle, nine rounds to six, for Gavilan. The champion was entitled to the first four, eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh and the thirteenth. Graham won the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, the twelfth and, in a closing burst of brillant [sic] boxing, the fourteenth and fifteenth. ...Graham's superior boxing skill carried him through the rounds he won. In these sessions he outboxed the champion. After taking a drubbing through the first four rounds, Graham stung Gavilan to aimless fury with his clever boxing and sharp hitting through the three succeeding rounds. Repeatedly Graham reached the jaw over this span with sharp right-hand drives. He made Gavilan miss awkwardly with long lefts and rights while getting under the fire with solid rights to the heart or left hooks to the head. With the eighth round the tide of battle turned Gavilan's way. He forced the fighting, swarmed all over Graham, charging in against Billy's best blows and raked the East Sider about the head with rights and lefts. In the twelfth Graham's punches were cleaner and sharper and he grazed the jaw several times with rights. Through the fourteenth and fifteenth rounds Graham, throwing all caution to the winds, reached the champion's jaw repeatedly with grazing rights and left hooks. He frequently beat Gavilan to a left jab to the face. However, the earlier lead accumulated by Gavilan could not be overcome by this closing rush of the challenger." (James P. Dawson, New York Times). Attendance: 8,137; Gate: $34,419; Gavilan received universal recognition as champion after this fight. Unofficial scorecards: AP - 7-5-3 Graham. UP - 8-6-1 Graham. Ringside poll conducted by the UP of 15 boxing writers had 12 favoring Graham and 3 favoring Gavilan. Offered here is an original wire depicting an iconic image of Graham landing a hard right on the jaw of Kid Gavilan.
This is an original wire phot0. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Minor corner creasing. Small chip at lower right corner. Small closed tear on right edge with no paper loss. 8" x 10."

Size: 8 x 10

Condition: very good