Regular price $425.00

Battling Nelson (Oscar Matthew Nielson), The Durable Dane, was born on June 5, 1882 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He began his professional career on September 3, 1896 with a 1 round KO of Wallace's Kid in Hammond, Indiana. He fought for over 20 years retiring after his bout with Freddy Welsh on April 17, 1917. He won the World Lightweight Title on July 4, 1908 stopping the great Joe Gans in 17 rounds. He defended the title 4 times before losing it to Ad Wolgast by TKO in 40 rounds on February 22, 1910. His final career mark was 67-31-25 with 7 no decisions and 1 no contest. He posted career victories in addition to Gans over Dick Hyland, Terry McGovern and Young Corbett. Offered here is a rare, first generation, antique mounted photo of Battling Nelson as he appeared at the height of his career.
This antique photo is mounted on antique backer board. The photo is sharp and crisp. It has no creases, tears and no fading. Raised stamp of the photographer from Taft, California in the lower right corner of the photo. The mount has minor edge and corner wear and one small chip near the lower right corner of the photo. A very rare image. Photo is 4 5/8" x 6 7/8" on a mount of 7" x 9."

Size: 7 x 9

Condition: excellent