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Pair of 1892 Championship Boxing Tickets - Dixon/Skelly and Myer/McAuliffe
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $360
In September 1892, the Olympic Club of New Orleans hosted a three-day boxing event, known as the Carnival of Champions, which featured three separate title bouts. Offered here are rare tickets to two of those historic fights, held, respectively, on September 5th and 6th. The first is a press ticket to the "Lightweight Championship of the World" between Billy Myer and Jack McAuliffe, which McAullife won by knockout in the fifteenth round. The ticket (4.75 x 2.5 inches), which cost $7.00, is stamped "Press" in red letters on the front and reverse. Excellent condition overall. The second ticket was issued for the "Featherweight Championship of the World" between George Dixon and Jack Skelly. Dixon, who was the first black boxing champion in history and one of the greatest fighters of the nineteenth century, retained his title with a knockout in the eighth round. The ticket (4.25 x 2.5 inches), which was produced with slanted sides, displays a corner chip in the upper left, paper loss in the lower right corner, a few minor abrasions, and paper residue on the reverse. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 tickets. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $360
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