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    1919 Gene Tunney Fight Worn Boxing Gloves. Just two months before Jack Dempsey would demolish Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard to claim his title, the man who would face him in his most famous loss and send him into retirement was moving up through the amateur ranks with a victory in the American Expeditionary Force Light Heavyweight Championship match on April 26, 1919. Tunney defeated twenty soldiers to reach this match against Ted Jamieson in Paris, France, and presumably he wore this historic pair of gloves for all of those matches. We can be certain, however, that these are the title bout gloves, as the back of the right is artfully notated, "Worn by Gene Tunney in AEF Light Heavy Weight Championship Match, 26 April 1919."

    The six ounce amateur gloves are intact and show a considerable amount of wear. A "Spalding" label appears at interior right wrist, and the green laces appear to be replacements. The gloves derive from a collection that included a large cache of Tunney photos and correspondence written to the Hall of Fame boxer from such notables as Ted and Bobby Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover and Cardinal Spellman. LOA from Craig Hamilton.

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