KID GAVILAN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 168960
Sale Price $126.00
The welterweight boxer is shown in the ring, grimacing from the effects of a powerful right hook.
Photograph signed: "My Best Wishes/Kid Gavilan". B/w, 8x10. The colorful Gavilan (1926-2003), known for his "bolo punch" (actually just a right uppercut), fought for the world welterweight champion title on May 18, 1951, against Johnny Bratton. Gavilan decisioned Bratton in 15 rounds. He lost a bid for the middleweight title on April 2, 1954, when Carl "Bobo" Olson took a 15-round decision. In Gavilan's next fight, on October 20, he lost the welterweight championship to Johnny Saxton in another 15-round decision. Gavilan fought for four more years, but he lost four of six fights in 1957 and he retired after losing two out of three in 1958. He had 143 professional bouts and won 107 of them, 27 by knockout. He lost 30 decisions, but was never knocked out. He also fought 6 draws and 1 no-contest. Fine condition.
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