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Tommy Farr Former British And Empire Heavyweight Champion And World Title Challenger To Joe Louis SIGNED And INSCRIBED Vintage Photo

Tommy Farr Former British And Empire Heavyweight Champion And World Title Challenger To Joe Louis SIGNED And INSCRIBED Vintage Photo

Tommy Farr former British and Empire heavyweight champion and World title challenger to Joe Louis SIGNED and INSCRIBED "To David Best Wishes Always" black & white 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" vintage photo.

Condition excellent (light creasing bottom left corner)

Price: £95

Joe Louis vs Tommy Farr - Rounds 13, 14 & 15

Thomas George Farr (12 March 1913 – 1 March 1986) was one of the most famous Welsh and British boxers of all time.

Born in Clydach Vale, Wales and nicknamed "The Tonypandy Terror", he became British and Empire heavyweight champion on 15 March 1937. Prior to 1936, he had boxed in the light heavyweight division in which he was the Welsh champion.

World Title Fight vs Joe Louis
On 30 August 1937, he fought world heavyweight champion Joe Louis at the height of his career at Yankee Stadium, New York City; he gained respect despite losing a controversial points decision after 15 rounds. Louis, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, had knocked out 8 of his previous 9 opponents and proceeded to knock out his next 7, but was fearlessly attacked and hurt by Farr. The 50,000 crowd booed when Louis was awarded a narrow points decision.

Later Career
After the Louis fight, Farr was unsuccessful in several contests at Madison Square Garden, New York. He returned to the UK early in 1939, enjoying a run of victories that year. He retired in 1940, but personal tragedies saw him lose his fortune and he ended up bankrupt, having to return to the ring at the age of 36 to make a living.

Farr later ran a pub in Brighton, Sussex after retiring, and died on St. David's Day, 1986, aged 72.

Musical Contender
A musical based on Farr's career, Contender, was composed by Mal Pope and premiered at the United Nations building in New York, followed by a season at Swansea's Grand Theatre.

A theme of the musical is that Farr's lack of success in the USA resulted wholly from his refusal to co-operate with fight-fixing mobsters and bookmakers.