1923 Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons Heavyweight Championsh...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1923 Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons Heavyweight Championship Program. Shelby, Montana seems an unlikely setting for a heavyweight boxing championship, but nevertheless, the sleepy town of 3,000 citizens hosted Jack Dempsey and Tommy Gibbons on Independence Day, 1923. It proved a disaster for the town, with only 7,000 paying to witness the fight. Gibbons was a relative unknown, except to boxing aficionados, but put up quite a fight. The bout lasted the full fifteen rounds, with Dempsey declared the winner by unanimous decision.
The program offered is certainly one of the rarest of all Dempsey fights, given the small crowd and the fact that most in attendance were locals who likely did not see the value in hanging on to such an item over the years. Moderate-to-heavy wear is exhibited with folds present throughout and tears present on both covers with a water stain on the reverse. Clear tape found in various spots allowing the program to retain its integrity. Still, it remains a not often seen specimen of a rare event from one of the top boxers in American history.
Guide Value or Estimate: $400 - up.
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