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Regular price $450.00

History: On July 29, 1941 at Ruppert Stadium in Newark, New Jersey world welterweight champion Fritzie Zivic defended his title against local fighter Freddie "Red" Cochrane. Cochrane won a 15 round decision and the title. The fight was originally scheduled for July 9th and was then postponed until July 28th. Rain pushed it back again and it finally went off on July 29th. Cheered on by a crowd of 10,000 spectators, Freddie “Red” Cochrane became one of the most unlikely welterweight champions when he out-battled Fritzie Zivic over 15 rough and tumble rounds at Ruppert Stadium in Newark. The fight, decided solely on the card of Referee Joe Mangold, had the underdog from nearby Elizabeth, a winner by a score of 7-4-4. The result even surprised the new champion’s father, who said during the post-fight celebrations, “Who’d a thought this was gonna happen?” Cochrane, who entered the bout sporting a record that included 31 losses in 101 fights, beat Zivic at his own game, outfighting the champion at close quarters, while matching Zivic’s unsavory tactics with a few of his own. Zivic mounted a late charge, and managed to cut Cochrane in the twelfth and stagger him a couple times in the fourteenth round, though the hometown favorite was never in danger of being stopped and responded by driving Zivic back into the ropes with his own rally. When asked to explain what happened, Zivic said that he simply struggled to get going early and blamed his form on a busy schedule that had seen him already fight twice earlier in the month. Cochrane was excited and also modest in victory. While a mob of well-wishers and semi-hysterical friends and fans flocked around his dressing room, Red, who was born just four houses on Bond Street from the home of Mickey Walker, said “I always knew I could beat Zivic if I got the chance.” That was the extent of his victory speech. Offered here is an original, full, unused, on site ticket for this event.

Full description: This is an original, full, unused, on site ticket which names the fighters and includes a section, row and seat number. Bold color and print. Stub firmly attached. Clean front and back. Not creased or torn. 2 1/4" x 6." A fine example.

Size: 2 1/4" x 6"

Condition: Near Mint