EARNIE SHAVERS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 283254
Sale Price $488.75
Perpetual heavyweight contender Ernie Shavers wrote this letter to a fan around the end of the 1970s, when he fought two bouts with Larry Holmes. Accompanied by two unsigned candid color photos of his family, taken during training camp for his 1977 fight with Muhammad Ali.
Autograph letter signed "Earnie". 1 page, 7x10¼, on Shavers' personalized stationery. In full: "Dear Edward I'am [sic] sorry it took so long to write back. I've been quite busy,since the Holmes Fight. Enclosed, you will find the picture and Programe [sic, not included] that you asked for. Tell you [sic] sons that I'am [sic] sending my Love, along with some pictures of me and Kids, with my wife. Your good Friend". Shavers faced Larry Holmes at least twice, in a 1978 eliminator for the WBC title and in a 1979 title match at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace; he lost both times. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Two unsigned photos. Color , 3¼x3¼. Captions on verso in unknown hand: "Camp for Ali" and "Training Camp for Ali". Shavers lost to Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision during a fight at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 29, 1977. It was Shaver's first shot at the heavyweight title. Ali later reported that Shavers hit him so hard that it "shook my kinfolk back in Africa". Professional heavyweight boxer EarnieShavers (b. 1944) was a devastating one-punch knockout artist. He wasn't overly quick or agile and didn't take a great punch, but he had the best one-punch power in the history of boxing. It was just a matter of if he could get the punch home, which he usually did. Although he never held the title, he fought the likes of Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes in the 1970s and 1980s. Known as "The Acorn Black Destroyer", Shavers retired in 1983 after retinal problems were discovered in his eyes. Lightly toned and creased. Normal mailing folds. Corners slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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