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Boxing Posters

Boxing's rich history is best captured on a vintage onsite boxing poster.  Boxing's longstanding promotional tool.   The visual testament to the "happening" itself.          

We collect memorabilia...and these memories are preserved within the portraits, the printing and the colorful inks.  The vintage boxing poster, the desirable but extremely scarce commodity which provides that link between past and present.

If you are interested in purchasing one of the vintage boxing posters you see on this page, please e-mail Johnny Griffin at: RING MEMORABILIA

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SHEA STADIUM

QUEENS, NEW YORK

CARLOS ORTIZ (champion) vs. ISMAEL LAGUNA (former champion)

WORLD'S LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

August 16, 1967

 

1967-08-16 Carlos Ortiz w pts 15 Ismael Laguna, Shea Stadium, Queens, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. Referee: Arthur Mercante. Scorecards: 10-4, 11-3, 10-4.

Dominating much of the fight despite being cut over both eyes, Ortiz (135) showed his experience by only fighting when he had to while countering to perfection. When Laguna (135) did come forward he was often discouraged by hooks and uppercuts, almost being floored on several occasions. The last five rounds saw Ortiz going all out for the kayo, but the fast-moving Laguna, holding when he had to, avoided all of his efforts and deservedly made it to the final bell.

On offer is the rare original one sheet onsite poster of this 15 round Lightweight Championship fight from the historic Shea Stadium in New York City. Features outstanding deep, bold colors and brilliant oval photographs of the two combatants.  It is in beautiful condition, measures 41 inches x 28 inches and has been professionally linen backed, ready to frame.

It's for sale at $2750

 

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Joe Frazier vs. Jerry Quarry

June 23, 1969

 

The most anticipated match-up of the year did not disappoint.  The first three rounds were sensational with enough toe-to-toe exchanges for an entire 15 round fight.  Toward the end of the 3rd round, Frazier landed a hook that opened an inch long slice under Quarry's right eye. From the 4th to 7th, Frazier methodically backed the bloodied Quarry to the ropes.  Before the start of the 8th, the ringside physician ruled Quarry could not see out of the hideously cut eye.  The fight was immediately halted and Frazier declared the winner.  

Being offered is the rare original one-sheet size on-site poster for this 15 round Heavyweight Championship bout held at Madison Square Garden on June 23, 1969.  It has been professionally linen backed and is in beautiful condition with deep red and bright yellow and black colors..  A rare MSG one-sheet. (Measures 41 inches x 28 inches, bold colors).  It has already been professionally framed for display.

No Longer Available!

 

 

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Emile Griffith vs. Dick Tiger

1970

 

 

Being offered is the original on-site poster for this much anticipated match-up of New York fan favorites.   It is in excellent condition.  A nice MSG cardboard poster. (Measures 22 inches x 14 inches, bold colors).  Ready to frame and display.

No Longer Available!

 

 

 

 

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

WORLD'S LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

MAY 16, 1967

DICK TIGER

(Champion)

vs.

JOSE TORRES

(Former Champion)

This battle of champions, (now Hall Of Famers) two  who were both fan favorites in New York City, was the eagerly anticipated championship rematch between the two.  In their previous meeting Dick Tiger had defeated Jose Torres to win the World's Light Heavyweight Crown.  In this bout, the more aggressive Tiger would again emerge victorious with a 15 round decision win over the Puerto Rican fan favorite.

 

Being offered is the rare original one-sheet size on-site poster for this World's Light Heavyweight Championship held at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 1967.  It has been professionally linen backed and is in excellent condition.  A rare MSG one-sheet. (Measures 41 inches x 28 inches, bold colors)  Ready to frame and display.

It's for sale at $1850

 

 

 

 

"IRISH" JERRY QUARRY

vs.

AMOS "SCRAP IRON" JOHNSON

 

Original on-site poster from the Olympic Auditorium.  Excellent condition, cardboard, measures 22 inches x 14 inches. 

A beautiful display piece!

No Longer Available!

 

 

 

LEW JENKINS vs. HENRY ARMSTRONG

This historic bout pitted Lew Jenkins (the Lightweight Champion of the World) vs Henry Armstrong (the Welterweight Champion of the World). Billed as "The Greatest Bout Of All Time" it took place at The Polo Grounds in New York City on July 17, 1940. Armstrong would win the tough fought battle via TKO over Jenkins in the 6th round.

 

Welterweight champion Henry Armstrong was obliged to weigh in seven pounds under the division limit for his scheduled 12-rounder with lightweight champion Lew Jenkins. This was no problem for Armstrong, a featherweight champion who was small for a welterweight. Armstrong came in at 139 pounds, while Jenkins was just a half-pound over the lightweight limit of 135.

The fight held intrigue because Jenkins, from Sweetwater, Texas, was known to be a terrific hitter. New York Times columnist John Kieran was one of many who felt that Jenkins's big punch gave him a chance. "If he can land that punch on a dodging target like Armstrong he may do well for himself," Kieran opined in a prefight story.

Jenkins did indeed do damage. Joseph P. Dawson reported in The New York Times that Armstrong's left eye was swollen almost shut while his right eye "dripped a blinding flow of blood" after a desperation left hook opened an old cut. Armstrong was winning the fight, though. He took command from the fourth round and Jenkins was down seven times, unable to hold the stronger, superior fighter in Armstrong. Referee Arthur Donovan stopped the fight at the end of the sixth as Jenkins "writhed and groaned on his stool" in the words of reporter Dawson.

 

On offer is the original on-site poster from this famous bout.  The poster is very thick cardboard almost 1/4 inch thick (.6 cm) and measures 20" wide x 30" long.  This unusual heavy cardboard poster may have been used to advertise the fight at the Polo Grounds..  Similar to a "standee" poster, it may have been placed in a display holder at the venue.     It is in excellent condition.   It has some surface foxing and chipping at the bottom edge where it would have been placed in a holder and some minor edge chipping which would matt out when framing.  It features fight posed photographs of each fighter and also action photographs from title bouts for each fighter.  I have never seen another poster like this one or any other poster from this fight for that matter.  This could be the only surviving on-site poster for this fight.

No Longer Available!

 

  

BARNEY ROSS vs. BATTLING BATTALINO

Barney Ross was born in New York in 1909, but grew up in Chicago, raised by orthodox Jewish parents who wanted him to become a Hebrew teacher.  A fast, clever, hard hitting boxer, he held World Titles in the Lightweight, Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight classes.  On October 22, 1932, he fought the  former World's Featherweight Champion in Christopher "Bat" Battalino.  This grueling contest of once and future champs, ended in a 10 round decision win for Barney Ross "the Pride of the Ghetto".  Six months later, at this very same venue, Barney Ross would defeat the great Tony Canzoneri for both the World Lightweight and Jr. Welterweight Championships.    Offered here is the exceedingly rare, original, on-site, one sheet poster for this fight held in the City of Big Shoulders.    It is in outstanding condition, has been professionally linen-backed and is ready for framing.  It exhibits superb, red, white and blue colors and features beautiful head-to-toe photos of each fighter.  Barney Ross posters are extremely rare and seldom offered.  An extremely rare original on-site poster from Chicago Stadium in the "Windy City".  

 No Longer Available!

 

 

JAKE LaMOTTA  VS.  O’NEIL BELL

October 25, 1946  Detroit Michigan,  Arriving in the ring in his trademark leopard skin hooded robe, Jake LaMotta quickly dispatches top contender O'Neil Bell Round via KO in round 2. Jake LaMotta posters are extremely rare.  Paper poster, measures 22 inches x 28 inches.  This is an original onsite poster, professionally dry mounted, matted and beautifully framed.  A must for fans of "The Raging Bull", Jake LaMotta. The oldest living boxing world champion!!     

No Longer Available!

 

 

 

JOE FRAZIER vs. JIMMY ELLIS

On February 16, 1970, Joe Frazier, the recognized NY World Champion was matched against Jimmy Ellis, the WBA World Champion at New York's Madison Square Garden.  Philadelphia's own "Smokin" Joe Frazier went on to unify the heavyweight championship with a devastating 5th round KO of WBA champ Jimmy Ellis.  This is the original, on-site, one-sheet poster for this historic title unification battle.  It is in beautiful condition, professionally linen-backed and ready for framing.  This remarkable original MSG poster sports outstanding head-to-toe shots of each champion against the legendary yellow, red & black colors.  Historic piece!     No Longer Available!

 

 

HENRY ARMSTRONG vs. FRITZIE ZIVIC

On October 4, 1940 the legendary Henry Armstrong lost the World Welterweight Championship, the last of his titles, to Fritzie Zivic.  In a close bout, Zivic upset the heavily favored Armstrong.  Zivic withstood Armstrong's body attack and targeted his opponent's eyes, nearly closing them in the final rounds.  In the final round, Zivic knocked down Armstrong, seconds before the bell.   Note: On the under card, a young man named Sugar Ray Robinson made his pro debut with a quick 2 round TKO over Joe Echevarria.  Presented here is the extremely rare original, three sheet size on-site poster from this historic MSG boxing event.  It is in superb condition and has been professionally linen-backed. Very few of these MSG three sheet on-site posters were produced for boxing events, let alone survived over the years.  If you want a rare poster in your collection, then this is it!     No Longer Available!

 

EDER JOFRE vs. HERMAN MARQUEZ

 On May 4, 1962, 3-time world champion Eder Jofre knocked out number one ranked Herman Marquez to retain his World Bantamweight Championship at the famed Cow Palace in San Francisco.  This is the original on-site poster for this bout.  It is in beautiful condition and has been professionally linen-backed and is ready for framing.  On-site posters of multi-champion and Hall of Famer, Eder Jofre are extremely rare.  One of the few vegetarians to hold a world title, the great Jofre only fought in the U.S. three times.  Very cool vintage original poster!  

No Longer Available!

 

 

FRANKIE DE PAULA VS. DICK TIGER

October 25, 1968  MSG New York,  Tiger Decisions DePaula in 10 Rounds.  This was the Fight of the Year for 1968 as voted by Ring Magazine!      No Longer Available!  

 

 

 

 

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ARCHIE MOORE vs. WILLIE PASTRANO

May 28, 1962  Los Angeles, CA  A draw in 10 rounds.  Autographed by Both.      

No Longer Available!   

 

 

DICK TIGER

vs.

EMILE GRIFFITH 

WORLD'S MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC

On April 25, 1966, these two fan favorites met at Madison Square Garden to fight for the World's Middleweight Championship.  Dick Tiger the reigning champ had known Griffith (the reigning Welterweight champ) for a number of years as both were located in New York City.  Griffith out pointed Tiger over 15 rounds, to win the Middleweight Crown and in the process became the first man to knock Tiger off his feet. 

 

 

This is the original, on-site, one-sheet poster for this historic championship battle.  It is in beautiful condition, professionally linen-backed and ready for framing.  This remarkable original MSG poster sports outstanding portrait head shots of each champion against the legendary yellow, red & black colors.  Historic piece!

Serious Inquiries Invited.

 

EMILE GRIFFITH

vs.

NINO BENVENUTI

WORLD'S MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC

 

On April 17, 1967, Emile Griffith and Nino Benvenuti meet in the first bout of their Middleweight Championship trilogy.  

"eBay Storage"

 

Being offered is the rare original one-sheet size on-site poster for this World's Light Heavyweight Championship held at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 1967.  It has been professionally linen backed and is in excellent condition.  A rare MSG one-sheet. (Measures 41 inches x 28 inches, bold colors)  Ready to frame and display.

Serious Inquiries Invited.

 

 

 

 

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