Vintage 1940's leather boxing glove SIGNED by 6 of the all time great Hall Of Famers who were all inducted into the Boxing Hall Of Fame in the inaugural year of inductees in 1990:-
* Willie Pep former featherweight World champion (inscribed "To Larry" also dated "1990" - silver sharpie)
* Sandy Saddler former featherweight & super featherweight World champion (inscribed "Best Of Luck")
* Kid Gavilan former welterweight World champion (inscribed "Keep Punching")
* Carmen Basilio former middleweight & welterweight World champion.
* Ike Williams former lightweight World champion.
* Billy Conn former light heavyweight World champion (inscribed "Sincerely Yours - silver sharpie)
Condition very good (shows evidence of age with leather cracking, however the signatures are not impeded)
Price: £ SOLD
Willie Pep nicknamed "Wll o' the Wisp," for his elusiveness, Pep is one of boxing's all-time great artists. Legend has it that Willie once won a round without throwing a punch.
Pep held the featherweight title for six years and outboxed all comers. He is best remembered for his physical four-fight series against fellow Hall of Famer Sandy Saddler.
He turned pro in 1940 and won his first 63 fights. In 1942, he won the featherweight title by decisioning Chalky Wright. His first loss came the following year when he dropped a non-title fight to former lightweight champion Sammy Angott.
Pep retained his crown -- beating the likes of Sal Bartolo, Wright and Phil Terranova -- until losing to Saddler in 1948.
Pep regained the title by decisioning Saddler in a rematch four months later. He managed to keep the title by making defences against Eddie Compo, Charley Riley, and Ray Famechon. But a third match with Saddler was inevitable.
When they met again, in 1950, Saddler regained the crown with an eighth-round knockout. The two legends would meet one more time on 1951 and Saddler scored ninth-round knockout.
Pep continued fighting until 1959 and beat such notables as Willie Roache, Charles (Cabey) Lewis, Spider Armstrong, Joey Peralta, and World champions Manuel Ortiz and Paddy DeMarco. He returned to boxing briefly in 1965 but retired again in 1966 after losing six-round decision against Calvin Woodland.
Long & lean, Sandy Saddler didn't look like a puncher. But he was. Saddler's 103 career knockouts are more than any other featherweight champion in history and rank him sixth on boxing's all-time list.
Saddler turned pro at 17 and engaged in 93 fights before he beat Willie Pep for the featherweight title in 1948. In 1945, he won 24 fights, including 17 by knockout. On the way to the title, he beat top featherweights Charles (Cabey) Lewis and Miguel Acevedo and met future lightweight champions Jimmy Carter and Joe Brown. He drew with Carter twice and knocked out Brown.
Saddler was always busy and just 18 days before his first title fight, he stopped fellow contender Willie Roache.
Saddler's career is best for his intense four-fight series with Pep. Pep boasted a 73-fight unbeaten streak and was considered boxing's consummate boxer before his first match with Sandy. But Saddler scored a fourth-round knockout to win Pep's title.
Three months and 13 days later, Pep put together a masterful boxing performance and regained the title. While waiting for another shot at Pep, Saddler won the vacant junior lightweight title by decisioning Orlando Zulueta in December of 1949. He defended it once, knocking out Lauro Salas, and was granted a third match with Pep in 1950.
The third and fourth Pep fights were marred by fouls. Saddler regained the title in the third fight via TKO and the fourth contest was stopped after the ninth round during to swelling around Pep's right eye.
Saddler's last significant fight was a 13th-round knockout of future junior lightweight champion Flash Elorde in 1956. At the age of 30, Saddler suffered a detached retina in a car accident and was forced to retire.
When Kid Gavilan, born Gerardo Gonzalez, returned to the United States for good in 1947, he escaped Fidel Castro's revolution and the eventual rise of communism. His move to American was Cuba's loss but boxing's gain.
Gavilan, known as the Cuban Hawk, emerged as a top fighter after twice beating lightweight champion Ike Williams in non-title bouts. He challenged for the welterweight crown in 1949, but the mighty champion Sugar Ray Robinson emerged victorious. The loss did not stop Gavilan's quest for the crown.
He wound up beating Rocky Castellani, Beau Jack, Tony Janiro, Joe Miceli and split two fights against Billy Graham.
In 1951, Robinson moved to middleweight and Johnny Bratton captured the welterweight throne. His first defence came against Gavilan in May of 1951. Gavilan decisioned Bratton and became champion.
Gavilan was an exciting and popular fighter. His title defence against Gil Turner, drew a gate of $269,667, a welterweight record at the time. He made seven successful title defences until losing the crown to Johnny Saxton in one of the worst decisions in boxing history. After the Saxton fight, 20 of the 22 ringside reporters felt Gavilan was the winner.
Gavilan is the man credited with inventing the bolo punch. He said the punch, which was half hook and half uppercut, was developed by years spent cutting sugar cane with a machete in his native Cuba.
Carmen Basilio two-division champion was one of the most popular fighters or his era. His tough, gritty style not only won him World titles, but it was the heart and desire he displayed in the ring that won him a place in the hearts of 1950s boxing fans, as well as two "Fighter of the Year" honors (1955 and 1957) from the Boxing Writers Association of America. So it's not surprising that his enduring legacy prompted his fellow townsmen of Canastota, New York, to honor him with a statue - more than two decades after he retired - which gave them the impetus to found the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
After his Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps, this son of an onion farmer turned pro in 1948. For the first four years, most of his fights were in central or western New York.
A series of three consecutive tough contests, a draw and a loss to Chuck Davey and a loss to Billy Graham, catapulted him to prominence, where he stayed for the remainder of his career.
In 1953, he decisioned former lightweight king Ike Williams and later beat Graham for the New York State welterweight title. He then defended the title with draw, again against Graham. Basilio's fist World title bout, against Kid Gavilan was a grueling contest. He dropped Gavilan in the second round. The Kid barely beat the count and recovered to win a 15-round decision.
Undeterred, Basilio continued his quest for a World championship. He went 9-0-2 in his next 11 bouts. In that string, he won rematches with the two opponents he drew with. His dream of winning a World title was realized on June 10, 1955. Before a hometown crowd in nearby Syracuse he went toe-to-toe in a bloody affair with welterweight champ Tony DeMarco. The champ had the best in the early going but Basilio came on strong, dropped DeMarco twice in the 10th round pressed the issue until the referee stepped in and halted the bout in the 12th.
Basilio beat DeMarco in his first defence, but lost a 15-round decision to Johnny Saxton in his next fight. But he regained the title from Saxton in a rematch (KO 9) and stopped him in two rounds in the first defence of his second reign. As 1957 moved on, Basilio set his sights on the middleweight crown and its owner, Sugar Ray Robinson. That bout took place Sept. 23, at Yankee Stadium. Giving away advantages in height and reach, he sustained heavy punishment and a badly cut left eye, and won the title in one of the most action-packed bouts of the decade.
But in the rematch on March 25, the following year, Robinson regained the title in an equally taxing bout. He peppered Basilio's face, which this time succumbed to Robinson's repeated jabs and right crosses. Basilio fought most of the bout with his left eye totally shut. With this dogged pursuit of victory under such conditions he garnered even more respect.
After two wins, he twice unsuccessfully challenged champion Gene Fullmer, who had dethroned Robinson. He was stopped via 14th-round kayo Aug. 28, 1959 and via 12th-round kayo June 29, 1960. He won two more decisions before losing a 15-round decision to middleweight champion Paul Pender on April 22, 1961. Although he left the ring vanquished, it's only fitting that Basilio's last fight was for a World title.
In 1970, Basilio's nephew, Billy Backus, became the second Canastotian to win a World title, when he wrested the welterweight belt from the legendary Jose Napoles. The gregarious Carmen is a frequent visitor to the Hall.
Ike Williams' brilliant career will forever be shrouded in controversy.
Williams turned pro in 1940 and established himself as a force when he twice beat Sammy Angott in 1944. One year later, he earned recognition as NBA lightweight champion with a second-round knockout of Juan Zurita. Williams was on a roll and unified the lightweight crown in 1947 by knocking out fellow Hall of Famer Bob Montgomery.
Williams made five successful title defences before losing the lightweight title to Jimmy Carter in 1951. Williams engaged in numerous non-title fights that appeared to be more dangerous than his title defences. He fought the likes of Tippy Larkin, Kid Gavilan (three times), Joe Miceli (three times), and Johnny Bratton (two times) in exciting above-the-weight matches.
After a dispute with his original manager in the mid-1940s, Williams was blacklisted by the Boxing Managers Guild. In an effort to salvage his career, he signed a managerial contract with notorious mobster Blinky Palermo, who controlled boxing then with Frankie Carbo. Williams got fights, but he didn't always get his money.
In 1948, Williams defended his crown against Enrique Bolanos, Jesse Flores and Beau Jack. However, he said he did not receive $40,000 out of his $65,000 share of the Flores and Jack fights. He later testified in 1960 during a Senate investigation into organized crime and boxing that it was Palermo who kept the money.
Williams also testified that he was offered bribes to throw his fight against Carter and the second fight against Gavilan. Although he said he refused the bribes, Williams lost both fights.
After Williams lost his lightweight title, he continued to fight the best in the World. He met Gil Turner, Chuck Davey and Carmen Basilio. He retired in 1956 after scoring a knockout over Beau Jack.
When Billy Conn turned pro in January 1935, he hardly performed like a future Hall of Famer, losing six of his first 14 fights. But by September of that year, Conn put together a 27-fight unbeaten streak that included victories over Fritzie Zivic, Babe Risko, Vince Dundee and Teddy Yarosz.
Conn won the 175-pound crown in 1939 established himself as an all-time great. He won two non-title fights against reigning World middleweight champion Fred Apostoli, decisioned NBA middleweight king Solly Krieger in another non-title tilt, and then won the vacant World light heavyweight title by beating Melio Bettina. One month after he became champion, he beat future heavyweight title challenger Gus Dorazio, retained his own title in a rematch against Bettina, and outpointed Gus Lesnevich, a future light heavyweight champion.
Conn is clearly one of the greatest light heavyweight champions in boxing history. But he will forever be remembered for his near-upset of heavyweight champion Joe Louis. When Conn fought Louis in 1941, Louis had dispatched every top heavyweight in the division.
Conn employed speed and skill to gain an advantage over Louis. Winning easily, Conn increased his attack in the 13th round and that was ultimately his undoing. Louis knocked out the light heavyweight with two seconds left in the round. At the time, Conn led on the scorecards 7-5 and 7-4-1 in rounds. A third judge had it six rounds each.
Conn would lose the rematch to Louis. But between those fights he managed to beat future Hall of Famer Tony Zale. He retired in 1948.