Regular price $400.00

Fidel LaBarba (September 29, 1905 – October 3, 1981) was a United States boxer and sportswriter. He was born in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles, California. LaBarba began his amateur career at fourteen, eventually winning the flyweight division at the national Amateur Athletic Union tournament in Boston and later qualifying for the United States Olympic team. Although still in high school, LaBarba turned professional that same year. On August 22, 1925, LaBarba defeated Frankie Genaro in a convincing 10 round decision to win the American Flyweight title. In 1927, he defeated Elky Clark to win the vacant flyweight championship of the world. La Barba dominated the fight, knocked Clark down five times and won all twelve rounds. Seven months later, LaBarba retired to enter Stanford University. Less than a year later, however, he returned to the ring as a featherweight. He won his first five fights, and in 1931 split two decisions with Kid Chocolate. On May 22, 1931, he was given an opportunity to win the world featherweight title, but was out pointed by Battling Battalino. LaBarba's career was prematurely curtailed when he suffered a detached retina in training for a fight against Kid Chocolate for the New York featherweight title. On December 9, 1932, LaBarba not only lost the fight in a close decision, but went blind in his eye. After the fight, he underwent surgery to repair the tear, but it was unsuccessful and he eventually had to have the eye removed. n 1933, he was forced to retire, and returned to Stanford, where he earned a degree in journalism. After graduating from Stanford he worked as a sportswriter, and later worked in public relations, as a screenwriter, and as a technical advisor in Hollywood for boxing movies. Fidel LaBarba died of heart failure in Los Angeles, California, in 1981. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. Offered here is an original, first generation photograph of Fidel LaBarba which he has signed and inscribed to heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.
This is an original, first generation photo of LaBarba in full fight pose. Boldly signed and inscribed in ink, "March 151930 To my friend Jack Dempsey the champion I admire from Fidel LaBarba." Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Not torn. Small crease in upper right corner. Photographer stamp on back. 8" x 10."

Size: 8 x 10

Condition: excellent