Luis Firpo Fight Worn Robe From The Jack Dempsey Fight
While Jack Johnson vs Jim Jeffries certainly defined the modern mega-fight as an epic event and Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier set the standard for competitive brilliance and global significance, Jack Dempsey vs Luis Firpo remains the gold standard for sheer heavyweight savagery in a championship encounter! On September 14, 1923, the Polo Grounds in New York hosted the most cataclysmic punch out in heavyweight championship history. During the gloved mayhem, the 6ft 3ins challenger, billed the “Wild Bull of Pampas" fell nine times inside of two rounds and the rugged champion was sent out of the ring from a Herculean blow, only to be thrust back into the ring and eventually recover to score a dazzling knockout. Only moments before Firpo would enter the ring donning this exquisite grey and black checkered rope lined in purple satin a sharp contrast to the ring attire of the Manassa Mauler who wore only a simple white sweater around his shoulders. The garment’s other fine details include oversized patch pockets that are trimmed in satin and decorated with looping brown cord that accents the thick rope belt that circles the waist. Included is photo of Firpo wearing this robe in the ring. Robe was given by the Firpo family to a now defunct museum in Argentina. Detailed LOA from the gentleman who obtained the robe after the museum closed along with a photo showing Firpo wearing the robe just before the fight.
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