MELIO BETTINA - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 67581
Sale Price $180.00
Small 4¾x6¾ b/w photo of light-heavyweight champ Melio Bettina from the knees up in trunks, gloves and a fighting pose
Photograph signed "To/Albert/Melio Bettina" in blue ink. Blue ink marks on image in unknown hand. B/w, 4¾x6¾ overall, 4½x6¾ image, one surface.Captioned on image: "MELIO BETTINA/Former World's Light Heavyweight Champion/Aspirant For World's Heavyweight Title". This photo was taken after Bettina lost the New York State Athletic Commission World Light-Heavyweight title in 1939. As far as we can tell, he never got a shot at the heavyweight title. Bettina (1916-1996) was an American light-heavyweight boxer who was New York State Athletic Commission World Light-Heavyweight champ in 1939. As an amateur, he won the 1934 Intercity Golden Gloves championship. Bettina had a impressive career record of 82 wins, 14 losses and 3 draws, with 36 wins and 3 losses to knockout. Lightly toned, and bowed. Pen dribbled while writing signature, which is lightly beaded but legible. Light scratches on image. Otherwise in fine condition.
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