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    1906 Joe Gans vs. Battling Nelson Post-Fight Poster. One of the greatest lightweight bouts ever contested, Gans-Nelson I was also one of the sweet science's most important. It was the longest fight in modern boxing history at forty-two rounds, the first major bout captured on film, and one of the earliest interracial title bouts (with the African-American Gans as the favorite of the all-white crowd). Set at the Casino Amphitheatre in Goldfield, Nevada, this titanic struggle also served to help establish the Silver State as a boxing haven.

    Gans, The Old Master, and Nelson, The Durable Dane, both lived up to their monikers during the bout. Gans, the superior tactician, broke his hand in the 33rd round and fought the rest of the bout one-handed, even helping Nelson to his feet after a knockdown. Nelson took a much deserved beating and, after hurling racial epithets and low blows at the champ, was eventually disqualified by referee George Siler in the 42nd round.

    Even more amazing than the duration of the fight was the fact that it transpired on a day that was so hot that one writer wrote "You almost had to concentrate to breathe."

    The poster's wonderful aesthetic design displays an oversized fight action image from the bout, courtesy of photographer P.F. Dana, bookended by oversized fight poses from both pugilists. At the top appear headshots of referee Siler, promoter Rickard, and two other dignitaries. The bottom announces "Gans-Nelson Battle for the Lightweight Championship of the World...September 3, 1906," along with details on the rounds, purse, gate receipts, and venue. Autographed by Nelson, next to Gan's likeness, "To G. Kaplan From Bat" in 8.5/10 black fountain pen.

    The poster exhibits some even discoloration that is understandable considering its age. There is also some water and paper damage, which is mostly confined to the perimeter and does not really detract from the images and wording. Measures 36x24" and is totally original and unrestored. An incredibly rare and important early championship fight poster. Please note: PSA/DNA and SGC both ruled "inconclusive" for the autograph on this lot.

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