Regular price $235.00

Jess Willard, born December 29, 1881 in St. Clere, Kansas in rural Pottawatomie County - died December 15, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, was a world Heavyweight boxing champion. A working cowboy, he did not begin boxing until he was almost thirty years old. Despite his late start, Jess Willard proved successful as a boxer, defeating top-ranked opponents to earn a chance to fight for the championship. On April 5, 1915 in front of a huge crowd at the Vedado Racetrack in Havana, Cuba, in the 26th round he knocked out champion Jack Johnson to win the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship. Presented here is an original, first generation photograph which depicts the crowd scene before the fight. From the collection of Willard's sparring partner Jim Savage.
This is an original, first generation photograph. Marked on back in pencil. Bold, clear image. Corner wear. Clean front and back. One closed tear on upper border with no paper loss. One small spot on right side. Mild crease and several compressions from handling. Rare, pre fight scene. 3 1/2" x 5 5/8."

Size: 3 1/2 x 5 5/8

Condition: very good