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JOE "THE BROWN BOMBER" LOUIS - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: INGEMAR JOHANSSON, JIMMY ELLIS, JOE "SMOKIN JOE" FRAZIER, MUHAMMAD "THE GREATEST" ALI, JACK SHARKEY, CHICO VEJAR - HFSID 1865

BOXING CHAMPIONS: MUHAMMAD ALI, JOE LOUIS, JOE FRAZIER, INGEMAR JOHANSSON, JACK SHARKEY, JIMMY ELLIS and CHICO VEJAR The heavyweight boxers sign a folder bearing a color photo of Ali Photograph Display Folder, 5¼x7¼, in which an original color photograph of Muhammad Ali has been inserted.

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BOXING CHAMPIONS: MUHAMMAD ALI, JOE LOUIS, JOE FRAZIER, INGEMAR JOHANSSON, JACK SHARKEY, JIMMY ELLIS and CHICO VEJAR The heavyweight boxers sign a folder bearing a color photo of Ali Photograph Display Folder, 5¼x7¼, in which an original color photograph of Muhammad Ali has been inserted. When the folder is opened, Ali's photograph is on the right. Signed on the folder opposite the photograph: "Muhammad/Ali" and "Joe Frazier". Signed on the front and back of the folder: "Joe Louis", "Ingemar Johansson", "Jimmy Ellis" "Jack Sharkey" and "Chico Vejar". All except Vejar were World Heavyweight Champions.  JOE LOUIS (1914-1981), a sharecropper's son, followed up his Golden Glove amateur boxing title by turning professional in 1934. He won his first 27 fights, 23 by knockout. Then on June 19, 1936, he suffered his first defeat, a technical knockout in the twelfth round by German heavyweight fighter Max Schmeling. In the rematch, Louis knocked Schmeling down three times within the first two minutes, knocking him out the third time. On Feb. 25, 1964, MUHAMMAD ALI (1942-2016), born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr, knocked out champion Sonny Liston in the seventh round in Miami Beach to win the World Heavyweight title. He was stripped of his title in 1967 for refusing military service. On Oct. 30, 1974, Ali KO'd George Foreman in the eighth round in Zaire to regain the title. Leon Spinks became champ when he won a 15-round decision over Ali on Feb. 15, 1978 in Las Vegas but lost a rematch with Ali in New Orleans in another 15-round decision on Sept. 15, 1978. Ali retired as World Heavyweight Champion in 1979. He is the only three-time World Heavyweight Champion. In 1968, JIMMY ELLIS (1940-2014) won a 15-round decision over Jerry Quarry to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He successfully defended his title against Floyd Patterson, but then lost it in 1970 when he was knocked out in the fifth round by Joe Frazier. Ellis has a lifetime pro record of 40-12-1. CHICO VEJAR (b. 1931) was a welterweight fighter who finished with a record of 92-20-4.  A 1964 Olympic gold medal winner, JOE FRAZIER (1944-2011) went on to reign as the undefeated heavyweight world champion from February 16, 1970 to January 22, 1973. Along the way, Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali at the 1971 heavyweight world championships in New York, in a meeting dubbed "the fight of the century." He later lost to Ali twice, in January 1974 and September 1975. Soon after losing to Foreman again at the 1976 world championships, Frazier retired. He staged an unsuccessful comeback fight in 1981, in which he reached a draw with Floyd Cummings, before retiring for good. Frazier was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1952, Swedish boxer INGEMAR JOHANSSON (1932-2009) competed in the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Thirty years later, Johansson, who had been disqualified for what judges deemed a tepid performance, was presented with the Silver medal by the International Olympic Committee. In 1959, Johansson became the first Swede and last European until Lennox Lewis in 1998 to win the World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Floyd Patterson with a KO in the third round. Johansson, who fought 28 bouts during his professional career, had a record of 26 wins (17 by KO, 8 decisions and one win by foul) and two losses (both by KOs), and remains a hero in his native country. JACK SHARKEY (1902-1994) was heavyweight boxing champion from 1932 to 1933. He defeated Max Schmeling, and is the only man to have fought both Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis. Fine condition.

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