Bob Roper former 1918 to 1926 infamous dirty heavyweight journeyman who fought Jack Johnson, Harry Greb & Billy Miske among others SIGNED nicely handwritten letter to old time collector Floyd Taylor accepting Taylor's invitation to a gathering of ex fighters, along with original 1968 franked addressed envelope, also handwritten by Roper incorporating his surname and address.
Ever villainous Captain Bob Roper this infamous dirty journeyman is a regular cameo performer in biographies of fighters of the period, who was always gouging, biting or aiming well-timed uppercuts at the balls!!! he was disqualified for such a blow in his first fight against Billy Miske in 1922.
Condition excellent (contains 2 horizontal envelope folds creases)
Capt. Bob Roper fought Hall of Famers during his time such as Jack Johnson, Tommy Gibbons, and Harry Greb. He was a tough heavyweight whose real name was William E. Hammond. Bob Roper had a powerful knockout punch that was responsible for a total of 26 KO's during his career.
Bob also had a brother, Tom Roper, who boxed in the twenties.
Some of his impressive battles were lasting the distance with the great Hall of Fame heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, as well as draws against Billy Miske,Battling Levinsky,Fred Fulton and Ed Gunboat Smith. He also had great wins during his career over Bill Brennan, Bob Martin, Soldier Jones, Homer Smith and Bartley Madden. He even managed to knock out the great german heavyweight champion Paul Sampson-Korner in the first round.