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1970 Jerry Quarry/Scrap Iron Johnson On-Site Heavyweight Fight Broadside

Lot Number 493

Quantity: Bid Starts: 09/19/2011 12:00:00 
Bid Open: 150.00  Bid Ends: 09/28/2011 23:30:00 
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Amid social unrest and resultant controversy, boxing’s Heavyweight title was subject to constant debate during the late-1960s and early 1970s. The offered on-site broadside was displayed to promote a 1970 bout between two Heavyweight contenders. Measuring 22 x 14-1/8” on thick cardboard stock, the sign reads “HEAVYWEIGHT GRUDGE FIGHT” and lists the combatants as “JERRY QUARRY” and (George) “SCRAP IRON JOHNSON” with the latter fighter portrayed with cigar in mouth and a derby hat reading “Scrap Iron.” Slated for Thursday March 19 at Los Angeles’ Olympic Auditorium, the fight prompted billings of: “Jerry is looking for another shot at Frazier” (which he would get, but not for another four years) and “Scrap Iron wants to revenge his 1966 loss to Jerry” (that was not to be, as Johnson was felled by a second round TKO that night). The sign is incredibly well preserved with a tiny crease confined to the upper right corner, as well as faint age-induced toning along the edges.

 
 
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