HISTORY: Thomas Sayers, also known as Tom Sayers (25 May 1826 - 8 November 1865), was an English pugilist. During his career as a bare-knuckle fighter, at the time illegal, he was only once defeated. At 5 feet 8 inches in height with a fighting weight of under 11 stone, he was the first boxer to be declared the World Heavyweight Champion. His fighting career lasted from 1849 until 1860, when a match billed as the contest for the "World Championship" ended in disarray. An unprecedented public collection funded his comfortable retirement, but he died only five years later at age 39. Presented here is an extremely rare, original print of Tom Sayers which was published in 1859 by Price & Company. Published prior to his famous bout with John C. Heenan in 1860.
FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an extremely rare, original lithograph print of Tom Sayers which was published in 1859 by Price & Company. Published prior to his famous bout with John C. Heenan in 1860. Bld color and clear image. Has some light staining which does not detract. Not creased or torn. Has the record of Sayers at bottom. Printed on heavy paper. 13 1/4" x 17 1/4." Extremely rare, the first we have seen.