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Kid McCoy vs. Joe Choynski Signed Contract (1898)

Kid McCoy vs. Joe Choynski Signed Contract (1898)

A two page Articles Of Agreement which is dated June 7, 1898 and signed on the second page by Joe Choynski, Kid McCoy and Homer Selby (McCoy’s brother) for the Hawthorne Club. The fight was agreed to take place on or before August 31, 1898 under the direction of the Hawthorne Club and to be held in Buffalo, New York. It was agreed this would be a 20 round fight. The winner was to receive 75% and the loser 25% of a total purse of $7500.00. Marquis Of Queensbury Rules did apply and the fighters would fight at catch weights. The fight did not come off under the contract. The two did meet the next year in San Francisco with McCoy winning a 20 round decision. Choynski shed some light himself writing on the back of the contract, Tom O’Rourke played me a dirty trick. Had me call it off to make McCoy fight before his (O’Rourke) club in N.Y. I did so and O’Rourke immediately matched McCoy and Sharkey and I held the hat? The contract including these signatures is very rare and more interesting with the Choynski explanation. Legal sized document with original folds and some edge chips which do affect the text. LOA from Craig Hamilton of JO Sports, Inc.


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