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    Jack Johnson - Jess Willard 1905 Poster On April 5, 1915 World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson lost his title to Jess Willard in Havana, Cuba. The fight has been surrounded in controversy through the ages due to Johnson's insistence that he threw the fight. He used a photograph from the fight that showed him lying on the canvas with his arms raised to argue that he was really fine and just protecting his eyes from the sun. The fight film would seem to refute his claim however. Johnson's age (37), the brutally hot conditions and the sheer size of Willard looked to be the telling factors. Johnson had clearly dominated the earlier rounds but appeared to have been caught off guard by the strong right hand that ended the fight in the 26th round. There would not be another black Champion in the heavyweight division until Joe Louis burst upon the scene more than 20 years later. Presented here is a marvelous souvenir poster from this fight. The poster was put out right after the fight and includes photographs of both fighters and other dignitaries, including the promoter, Jack Curley. There are also a series of photographs of the fight itself and some other artifacts from the event. It measures 24" x 27" and is in excellent condition with some surface wear and minor fading. This poster was used to advertise Old Warwick Whiskey and their matting still remains intact. This is a rare heavy stock poster and wonderful commemorative from the final days of Jack Johnson as Heavyweight Champion. LOA from Craig Hamilton/ JO Sports.

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