FRITZIE ZIVIC - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 152717
Sale Price $342.00
Inscribed 3½x5½ photo in a classic boxing pose. Extremely rare signature!
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Bill/Matthews/Your Pal/Fritzie Zivic". B/w, 3½x5½. Ferdinand "Fritzie" Zivic (1913-1984) was the youngest of five brothers known as the "fighting Zivics," growing up in a tough Pittsburgh neighborhood where, he later said, "You either had to fight or stay in the house. We went out." A professional boxer from 1931, he upset Henry Armstrong for the world welterweight title in October 1940 and defended the title in a rematch, before losing the crown in July 1941. Zivic was known for fighting dirty and then apologizing to his opponents. He never boxed for a title again, but fought many of the toughest foes of the 1940s, including Sugar Ray Robinson, Jake LaMotta and Beau Jack - 9 world champions in all. He entered the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. Image slightly grainy. Ink has spread but completely legible. Lightly creased at corners.
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