Real Photo Postcard
World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion
This is a real photo postcard that shows a view of Jess Willard, Emmett, Kans. Champion of the World. He is posed in his boxing attire including his gloves and is in a boxing stance. C116. Made by ML Zercher Topeka KS. From the internet, the following information was found: U.S. prizefighter, world heavyweight boxing champion from April 5, 1915, when he knocked out Jack Johnson in 26 rounds in Havana, to July 4, 1919, when he was knocked out by Jack Dempsey in three rounds in Toledo, Ohio. At 6' 6 1/2" (2 m) and 245 lbs (111 kg), Jess Willard was the tallest and largest heavyweight champion in boxing history, until the 270lbs Primo Carnera won the title. The 37-year-old champion lost his title to Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio. Dempsey knocked Willard down for the first time in his career with a left hook in the first round. Dempsey knocked Willard down 7 times in the first round, winning the title when Willard was unable to continue after the third round. In the fight Willard suffered a broken jaw, cheekbone, and ribs as well as losing several teeth. For the rest of his life, Willard was convinced that Dempsey had something hard in his gloves. Used in 1919. Good condition with minor corner wear. Tear to left lower edge and right lower edge. The image is a little light.
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