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HISTORY: Tommy Paul (4 April 1909–28 April 1991) was a world featherweight boxing champion from Buffalo, NY. He was inducted into the first class of Buffalo’s Ring No. 44 Boxing Hall of Fame and in 2003 to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He won the world featherweight championship in May 1932, defeating Johnny Pena. He retired from the ring in 1935. Tommy was undefeated in his first 27 fights with a record of 23-0-4. He faced some of the great fighters during his career such as the great Frankie Genaro in New York where he won by decision and the legendary Panama Al Brown in New York where he won by DQ. Tommy's best matches came against Freddie Miller he had 6 fights against Miller. His record was 2-4. Tommy fought Phil Zwick in Philadelphia where he won by decision. He fought Baby Arizmendi in a non title fight in Mexico where he lost by a decision. In his first title fight on May 26, 1932, he faced Johnny Pena for the vacant National Boxing Association World featherweight title in Michigan where he won by unanimous decision. He would go on to lose the title the following year to Freddie Miller at Chicago Stadium by unanimous decision on January 13, 1933. He retired from boxing in 1935 and continued to train boxers till his own retirement age. During a 34-year period from 1899–1933, the City of Buffalo reigned over the professional boxing world as home of champions. Boxing held center stage in that era, and names such as Goodrich, Kansas and Slattery were as familiar as Kelly, Smith and Thomas to today's fans. Heros all, but none matched the feats of the outstanding, Tommy Paul. Paul, christened Gaetano Papa, was a product of Buffalo's West Side and Hutchinson Central High School who attempted to follow his father and his brothers into the ring at an early age. His boyish looks hindered his efforts to land even the role of a trainer, but legendary handler Jack Singer spotted something special in the lad, and gave him a tryout. Tommy was soon cleaning up in his amateur fights in the 112-pound division, and Singer realized it was time for bigger and better things. With only six months' experience under his belt, Paul won the Niagara District Bantamweight Amateur Title, the National AAU Tournament in Boston and the Empire State Amateur Championship within a three month span in 1927. On August 1, 1927, Paul knocked out Freddie Griffiths in four rounds in his first professional fight. A string of 27 straight wins followed, and by 1932 Tommy had compiled an impressive record of 58-6, and earned a shot at the world featherweight crown. On May 26, 1932, Paul defeated Johnny Pena in Detroit's Olympia Stadium and brought the world featherweight title to Buffalo. In so doing, he became the last world boxing champion from the Queen City. Far from resting on his laurels, the indefatigable Paul fought nine top contenders for his crown in nine months, a feat never duplicated in boxing history. He held the title until losing a controversial decision to Freddie Miller in Cincinnati in 1933. Tommy's career, though a brief nine years, was spectacular, with 114 wins, 80 as a professional. In his quest to be the best, he fought the best, including champs Fidel d LaBarba, Tommy Ryan, Frankie Genaro and Kid Chocolate. Several other notables refused to fight Paul, especially in Buffalo, once his reputation had been established. Paul fought with an unusual hands-down style, but his quickness and power made him hands-down the best fighter, pound-for-pound, of his era. He drew great pride from representing a hometown which tonight honors him in turn with induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Offered here is an original promotional photograph of Tommy Paul which he has signed and inscribed.

FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original promotional photograph. Bold, clear image. Boldly signed in ink, "With Best Wishes To My Friend W.J. Case Sincerely Tommy Paul." Also signed and inscribed on the back. Edge and corner wear. Clean front and back. 8" x 10."

Size: 8 x 10

Condition: very good