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On July 4, 1925 at Oaks Ballpark in Emeryville, California the great flyweight champion Pancho Villa of the Philippines fought future champion Jimmy McLarnin in the main event. McLarnin prevailed winning a ten round decision over Villa in a bantamweight bout. This was Villa's last fight. Ten days later he died In the days leading to the fight, Villa's face became swollen due to an ulcerated tooth. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, on the morning of the fight, Villa went to a dentist to have the tooth extracted. Despite the pain and swelling, Villa insisted on going ahead with the fight with McLarnin. Villa ended up spending most of the fight using one hand to protect his afflicted face. Two or three days after the McLarnin fight, he had three more teeth extracted after an infection was discovered. Against his dentist's prescription of bed rest, Villa spent the next few days carousing with friends. His condition worsened, and by July 13, 1925, he had to be rushed to the hospital. It was discovered that the infection had spread to his throat, resulting in Ludwig's angina. Villa was rushed into surgery, but he lapsed into a coma while on the table and died the following day, July 14, 1925. Tragically, his death occurred only 17 days before he would have become 24 years old. Offered here is an original, first generation photo of Villa taken on June 20, 1925 when he arrived in San Francisco for the McLarnin fight. He is shown posing with Don Shiels, Tommy Simpson (promoter), Frank Churchill (Villa's manager) and Ancil Hoffman (promoter).
This is an original, first generation photograph with caption and photographer stamp on the back. Bold, clear image. Clean front and back. Small corner creases at lower left and upper right. No tears. Minor edge wear. 8" x 10."

Size: 8 x 10

Condition: very good