Special Salvador Sanchez tribute complimented with EXTREMELY RARE autograph of the Mexican legend who tragically died so young. On 12th August 1982 the reigning WBC featherweight champion lost his life in an auto accident at the age of 23, very few examples of Sanchez's autograph can be found it is indeed extremely scarce.
This unique one of a kind presentation also features:-
* Salvador Sanchez vs Azumah Nelson WBC World featherweight title action shot 8" x 12" photo produced from the ORIGINAL 35mm slide taken by famous sports photographer Tony Triolo who worked for Life, Time and best known for his famous Sports Illustrated photographs of which are some of the very best sports images in recent history.
*Salvador Sanchez WBC featherweight World champion victory celebration 8" x 12" photo after defeating Azumah Nelson (TKO 15) produced from the ORIGINAL 35mm negative taken by famous sports photographer Tony Triolo who worked for Life, Time and best known for his famous Sports Illustrated photographs of which are some of the very best sports images in recent history.
***These are some of the last images taken of Sanchez in the ring before his untimely death. In the early hours of 12th August, 1982 he crashed while driving his Porsche 928 sports car along the federal highway from Santiago de Querétaro to San Luis Potosí, dying instantly***
ChampsUK have the original written exclusive rights to reproduce the photo from the negative.
*Replica WBC Adidas belt as won/worn by Sanchez.
*Brass plaque containing detailed biography.
*Magnificent bespoke display consisting of the historic Mexican flag enhanced with spectacular tricolour lighting effects. Measurements 45" x 34" x 5 1/2"
Salvador Sanchez - Tribute
In the case of Salvador Sanchez, the boxing World will forever wonder, what if? Sanchez was the reigning WBC featherweight champion when he died in an auto accident on August 12, 1982.
What we do know, is that at the age of 23, Sanchez was in his prime and considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the World.
Sanchez turned pro at the age of 16 and won 17 of his first 18 bouts by knockout. Although he was tall and thin, Salvador packed considerable power.
But punching power wasn't all he brought into the ring. Sanchez was a an excellent counterpuncher, dismantling many of his opponents with accurate and swift counterpunches.
In 1977, Sanchez lost a 12-round decision to Antonio Becerra for the vacant Mexican bantamweight title. He would never lose again. In 1980, he met popular WBC featherweight champion Danny "Little Red" Lopez, a hard-hitting American who had made nine successful title defences.
Sanchez dissected Lopez with precision and power, scoring a 13th-round TKO. Salvador made four successful title defences before the year ended, decisioning Ruben Castillo, knocking out Lopez in the 14th round of their rematch, and then decisioning Patrick Ford and future featherweight champion Juan LaPorte.
The Mexican warrior may best be remembered for his 1981 fight against Wilfredo Gomez, the WBC junior featherweight champion. Gomez was unbeaten in 33 fights with 32 knockouts. Still, Sanchez decimated the future Hall of Famer.
He dropped Gomez in the first round and maintained a consistent attack until the fight was stopped in the eighth round.
In his final bout, on July 21, 1982, Sanchez turned back a young and aggressive Azumah Nelson at Madison Square Garden for his ninth title defence. The fight was stopped at 1:45 of the 15th round. Nelson would go on to win World titles in two weight classes. But three weeks after their fight, Sanchez was dead.