Jock McAvoy - Double signed photo card
This rare item of boxing memorabilia is a black and white Blackpool souvenir card dated 1949 that has been signed twice by the fighter. Measures 12cm x 16cm with some marks.
Jock McAvoy (November 20, 1908 – November 20, 1971) was a British boxer who fought from 1927 to 1945. He was born Jo Bamford but adopted the name Jock McAvoy so that his mother did not realise he was boxing. McAvoy's bid to capture the European middleweight crown was derailed when he lost a unanimous decision to future world middleweight champion Marcel Thil of France in Paris on January 15, 1935. He was unlucky never to have been World Middleweight Champion, considering his performance against Ed 'Babe' Risko. The American was champion when they fought, but as McAvoy was considered such a dangerous opponent, Risko's handlers would only allow the two to meet in a non-title affair. Their apprehension was fully justified when McAvoy utterly destroyed the champion, sending him to the canvas 6 times for a first round knockout. However, McAvoy had performed too well for his own good, and boxing politics being what they were, he was never allowed a rematch with the title at stake. McAvoy was a hard puncher who scored 89 KOs in his 132 wins. He lost 14 times and was held to a draw once. McAvoy was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. A super one off item from a legend of British boxing Jock McAvoy.
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