1912 Conley vs. Coulon Pre-Fight Photograph
Nice aggregation of early Twentieth Century boxing champs and contenders. Pre-Fight photograph taken a few minutes before the World Bantamweight Championship rematch between Johnny Coulon and Frankie Conley on Feb. 3, in the Arena in Vernon, California. In this fight Coulon held his championship with a 20-round decision over Conley. Left to right in the photo are: Frankie Welsh (former World Lightweight Champ), Conley, One Round Hogan (known for his many one round knockouts of opponents), Ad Wolgast (at this time still World Lightweight Champ), Coulon, Abe Attell (former holder of World Featherweight Championship for six consecutive years, 1906-12, and accused, but not convicted, of involvement in the Chicago Black Sox baseball fix in 1919), "Harlem" Tommy Murphy (noted contender in three divisions), Johnnie Kilbane (held World Featherweight title from 1912-1923, Tommy Kilbane (no relation to Johnnie, journeyman lightweight) and Joe Rivers (real name - Jose Ybarra, lightweight contender). Mounted on antique backing. By J.E. Ryan. Some chipping to mount, some minor staining and scratching. A few, small pencil notations. 11x14".