RAY ARCEL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/26/1982 - HFSID 52660
Sale Price $288.00
Signed handwritten letter of the famed boxing trainer who managed 18 world champions including Larry Holmes! A rare signature.
Autograph letter signed: "Ray Arcel", 1 page, 7¼x10½. No place, July 26, 1982. On his personal stationery to "Dear Bill" in full: "Sorry for the delay in answering your letter of June 12th. I have been on vacation and just returned home. You have your letter dated 6/12/82--possibly you meant 7/12/182. Anyway, I regret that I do not have any pictures of myself--but I do thank you for your letter and will autograph this not to: My friend Bill Wood with best wishes Always". Ray Arcel (1899-1994) began training boxers at Stillman's Gym in New York City in the early 1920s. A trainer of 18 world champions, his best fighters include Ceferino Garcia (the inventor of the bolo punch), Billy Soose, Larry "The Easton Assassin" Holmes and Barney Ross. Quitting the sport in the 1950s, Arcel came out of retirement in the 1970s to train Alfonso Frazier, leading him to his World Boxing Association light welterweight title in 1972. Arcel retired officially in 1982 after Holmes successfully defended his heavyweight title from Gerry Cooney. Lightly creased. Adhesive residue at corners on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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