Legendary June 2009
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Joe "The Old Master" Gans was the Lightweight Champion of the world from 1902-1908. His was a modern style, with a craftiness to it that often left his opponents wondering what had happened. One of his greatest fights was with the man who would one day take his title, Oscar "Battling" Nelson - "The Durable Dane.” In their most memorable combat, Gans and Nelson pummeled one another for a brutal 42 rounds -- under a hot Nevada September sun -- in 1906. It would prove to be the longest gloved-combat match ever recorded under the Marquis of Queensbury rules. Gans kept his title that day, and a portion of the action is shown in this compelling 6” x 8” matte-finish photo. The image was produced by Dana Studio of San Francisco (with that concern’s embossed logo visually prominent at the lower-left corner), and a typewritten notation, “Gans-Nelson contest, Goldfield, Nevada – Won by Gans, 42 Rounds. Sept 3rd, 1906,” can be clearly seen on the depicted ring’s canvas surface area. Mounting remnants appear on the back-side corners of the rare portrayal, which boasts an overall EX/MT appearance.
Scarce 1906 Gans vs. Nelson 42-Round Lightweight Championship Photo
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