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Heavyweight Collection

"Unleashing the Power: A Glimpse into Heavyweight Legends" Step into the ring of history as we explore the world boxing

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Daniel Mendoza, engraved by Henry Kinsbury, 1789 (litho)

Daniel Mendoza, engraved by Henry Kinsbury, 1789 (litho)
XJF377272 Daniel Mendoza, engraved by Henry Kinsbury, 1789 (litho) by Robineau, Charles Jean (d.c.1787) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Sonny Liston

Sonny Liston
Photograph showing the American professional boxer Charles L. Sonny Liston (1932-1970) Date: undated

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Jack Dempsey Boxing Poster

Jack Dempsey Boxing Poster
Illustrated poster of American boxer Jack Dempsey (1895 - 1983), promting his match against George Carpenter for the World Heavyweight championship title, July 2, 1921

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: The second fight between Harry Paulson and Tom Paddock, 1851 (late 19th or early 20th century)

The second fight between Harry Paulson and Tom Paddock, 1851 (late 19th or early 20th century). Artist: Pugnis
The second fight between Harry Paulson and Tom Paddock, 1851 (late 19th or early 20th century). An illustration from Famous Fights

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Jack Johnson in a boxing match

Jack Johnson in a boxing match
Jack Johnson (1878-1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, African-American world heavyweight champion boxer, 1908-1915, standing at the ropes in a boxing match with an unidentified opponent

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: British heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner with American former heavyweight champion of

British heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner with American former heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, pictured at a gymnasium in West 28th Street, New York City

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Victorian Scrap - Circus Elephant riding a Tricycle

Victorian Scrap - Circus Elephant riding a Tricycle - A heavy weight. late 19th century

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Bob Fitzsimmons v Peter Felix in heavyweight boxing match

Bob Fitzsimmons v Peter Felix in heavyweight boxing match
Bob Fitzsimmons (1863-1917), British boxer, v Peter Felix (1866-1926), Australian boxer, in a heavyweight match -- Fitzsimmons met Felix

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Jess Willard

Jess Willard (1881 - 1968) World heavyweight boxing champion, known as Pottawatomie Giant, photographed after the knock out of Jack Johnson in 5th April 1915 for the heavyweight title. Date: 1915

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Bob Fitzsimmons, heavyweight boxing champion

Bob Fitzsimmons, heavyweight boxing champion
Bob (Robert James) Fitzsimmons (1863-1917), English-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. circa 1900s

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Teddy Myers, woman wrestler

Teddy Myers, woman wrestler
Teddy Myers, aka Dott O Dell and Zella Wiseman, woman wrestler born in Missouri. At twenty-four years of age she weighed 164lb and claimed the world heavy-weight championship for women

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Lennox Lewis vs. Oliver McCall, billed 'Whose Moment of Glory'

Lennox Lewis vs. Oliver McCall, billed "Whose Moment of Glory"
Lennox Lewis vs. Oliver McCall, billed " Whose Moment of Glory", was a professional boxing match contested for the WBC Heavyweight Championship

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Reception for Sonny Liston, World Heavyweight Champion, at The May Fair Hotel in Stratton

Reception for Sonny Liston, World Heavyweight Champion, at The May Fair Hotel in Stratton St, Mayfair, London, 2nd September 1963

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Boxing match, Jack Johnson v Jess Willard, Havana, Cuba

Boxing match, Jack Johnson v Jess Willard, Havana, Cuba
Jack Johnson (1878-1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, African-American world heavyweight champion boxer, 1908-1915, in the world heavyweight title match (in Havana)

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Petty Officer Matthew Curran, Irish boxer

Petty Officer Matthew Curran, Irish boxer
Petty Officer Matthew Curran (1882-1938), nicknamed Nutty Curran, Irish heavyweight boxer. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Freddie Mills fighting Bruce Woodcock at White Cty in 1949

Freddie Mills fighting Bruce Woodcock at White Cty in 1949
Frederick Percival ( Freddie ) Mills (1919-1965) - English boxer, and the world light heavyweight champion from 1948 to 1950

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Tiger Jack'Smith (James Addis), British heavyweight boxer

Tiger Jack'Smith (James Addis), British heavyweight boxer
Tiger Jack Smith (James Addis) (1875-1931), British heavyweight boxer from Merthyr Tydfil. Addis fought James Gunner Moir for the Heavyweight Championship of England in February 1907

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Muhammad Ali In the UK ahead of his fight with Englands Brian London

Muhammad Ali In the UK ahead of his fight with Englands Brian London. 1st August 1966

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Lennox Lewis vs. Tony Tucker, billed as Star Spangled Glory

Lennox Lewis vs. Tony Tucker, billed as Star Spangled Glory, was a professional boxing match contested on May 8th, 1993 for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. Lewis won by unanimous decision

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Lennox Lewis vs Donovan 'Razor'Ruddock. Lewis retained his British

Lennox Lewis vs Donovan "Razor"Ruddock. Lewis retained his British
Lennox Lewis vs Donovan " Razor" Ruddock. Lewis retained his British and European titles also wining the Commonwealth Heavyweight title by way of knock-out in round two

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Professional debut for the 1988 Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Lennox Lewis

Professional debut for the 1988 Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Lennox Lewis. Lewis stopped Al Malcolm in round two wining his first pro fight

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and entourage in London

Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and entourage in Londons west end ahead of his non-title fight against Henry Cooper at Wembley Stadium. 27th May 1963

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Muhammad Ali at the Post Office Tower in London. 27th July 1966

Muhammad Ali at the Post Office Tower in London. 27th July 1966

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: A young Joe Bugner going through his paces with World Heavyweight Champ Joe Frazier

A young Joe Bugner going through his paces with World Heavyweight Champ Joe Frazier. 27th June 1970

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Joe Bugner with two of the worlds greatest heavyweights

Joe Bugner with two of the worlds greatest heavyweights, Gene Tunny (right) and Jack Dempsey (left). 27th June 1970

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Britains Joe Bugner (Right) pictured with fellow boxer Henry Cooper in America ahead

Britains Joe Bugner (Right) pictured with fellow boxer Henry Cooper in America ahead of his non-title fight against Muhammad Ali. 8th February 1973

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: World heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali arriving at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square

World heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali arriving at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square, for the weigh-in ahead of his World heavyweight title fight against British challenger Henry Cooper to be held

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) pictured at the Piccadilly Hotel after beating

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) pictured at the Piccadilly Hotel after beating Britains Henry Cooper at Wembley Stadium. 19th June 1963

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: American boxing legend Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay

American boxing legend Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, use a skipping rope during a training session before his non-title heavyweight fight against Henry Cooper at Wembley Stadium on 18th June

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) getting shave in London

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) getting shave in Londons west end ahead of his non-title fight against Henry Cooper. 28th May 1963

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) at Austin Reeds in Londons Regent Street

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) at Austin Reeds in Londons Regent Street. Cassius was looking for a suit, but they hadn t one big enough around the chest and shoulders

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) getting measured at Austin Reeds in London

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) getting measured at Austin Reeds in Londons Regent Street. Cassius was looking for a suit, but they hadn t one big enough around the chest and shoulders

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay (centre) and entourage in Piccadilly Circus on route to his press conference

Cassius Clay (centre) and entourage in Piccadilly Circus on route to his press conference for his rematch with Henry Cooper. 19th May 1966

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay (centre) and entourage walking down Charing Cross Road on route to his press

Cassius Clay (centre) and entourage walking down Charing Cross Road on route to his press conference for his rematch with Henry Cooper 19th May 1966

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay (centre) and entourage walking through Berwick market on route to his press

Cassius Clay (centre) and entourage walking through Berwick market on route to his press conference for his rematch with Henry Cooper. 19th May 1966

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: The new European Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Henry Cooper, relaxes at his Wembley home

The new European Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Henry Cooper, relaxes at his Wembley home. The morning after the night of the fight where he won the title from Germanys Karl Mildenberger

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali), in London for his fight against Henry Cooper

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali), in London for his fight against Henry Cooper, at Wembley Stadium, London, England. 27th May 1963

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) on arrival at London Airport He holds up five

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) on arrival at London Airport He holds up five fingers in a prediction of how many rounds it will take him to knock out British boxer Henry Cooper in their upcoming

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) running in The Mall London ahead of his first fight with

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) running in The Mall London ahead of his first fight with Henry Cooper. Clay left his room a the Piccadilly Hotel at 6am to train

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) and sparring partner James Ellis shadow box in lower

Cassius Clay aka (Muhammad Ali) and sparring partner James Ellis shadow box in lower Regent Street ahead of Cassiuss first fight with Henry Cooper

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Dan McAlinden with his son Daniel and his wife Patricia

Dan McAlinden with his son Daniel and his wife Patricia, at home today after the Bodell fight last night. June 1972 P035464

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: The first battle between John Gully and Bob Gregson, 1807 (late 19th or early 20th century)

The first battle between John Gully and Bob Gregson, 1807 (late 19th or early 20th century. Artist: Pugnis)
The first battle between John Gully and Bob Gregson, 1807 (late 19th or early 20th century. An illustration from Famous Fights)

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: The first fight between Tom Spring and Jack Langan, 1824 (late 19th or early 20th century)

The first fight between Tom Spring and Jack Langan, 1824 (late 19th or early 20th century). An illustration from Famous Fights

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: The fight between Tom Spring and Bill Neat, 1823 (late 19th or early 20th century). Artist: Pugnis

The fight between Tom Spring and Bill Neat, 1823 (late 19th or early 20th century). Artist: Pugnis
The fight between Tom Spring and Bill Neat, 1823 (late 19th or early 20th century). An illustration from Famous Fights. English heavyweight boxer Tom Spring (1795-1851)

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: The last bare-knuckle fight, Farnborough, Hampshire, 17th April 1860 (1951)

The last bare-knuckle fight, Farnborough, Hampshire, 17th April 1860 (1951). Contest between the English David, Tom Sayers, and the American Goliath, Heenan

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Jack Doyle, Irish boxer, 1938

Jack Doyle, Irish boxer, 1938. Nicknamed the Gorgeous Gael, Doyle (1913-1978) fought Jack Petersen for the British heavyweight title in 1933, but was disqualified for low punches

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Harry Wills, Boxer

Harry Wills, Boxer
Harry Wills (1889-1958) the heavyweight boxer, who held the title World Colored Heavyweight Champion three times. Although a heavyweight title match with white boxer Jack Dempsey was planned for

Background imageHeavyweight Collection: Dick Smith, Boxer

Dick Smith, Boxer
Dick Smith (1886-1950) the British light heavyweight and heavyweight boxer, with two young competitors at the Stable Lads Annual Tournament. Date: 1925



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"Unleashing the Power: A Glimpse into Heavyweight Legends" Step into the ring of history as we explore the world boxing. From iconic figures like Sonny Liston to legendary battles between Harry Paulson and Tom Paddock, this caption takes you on a journey through time. Travel back to the late 19th or early 20th century with Pugnis' masterpiece capturing the intensity of Paulson and Paddock's second fight. Witness Daniel Mendoza's litho engraving by Henry Kinsbury in 1789, showcasing his prowess as a British heavyweight boxer. Marvel at Joe Bugner, a British powerhouse, standing alongside American former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in an unforgettable boxing match. Delve into Tom Cribbs' epic encounter with Molineaux in 1811, leaving spectators awe-inspired during this era. But it's not just about human strength; Victorian Scrap presents an intriguing image of a circus elephant riding a tricycle – symbolizing power beyond expectations. Witness Bob Fitzsimmons facing off against Peter Felix in an intense bout that exemplifies true grit and determination. Remember Fitzsimmons as he reigns supreme as heavyweight boxing champion. And who can forget Jess Willard? His name echoes through history as one of the most formidable heavyweights ever to step foot inside the squared circle. Lastly, immerse yourself in Cassius Clay's face-off against Sonny Liston – later known as Muhammad Ali – where Clay shocked the world by claiming victory over his fearsome opponent. These glimpses into heavyweight legends remind us why this sport has captivated audiences for centuries. The sheer force and skill displayed within these moments are testaments to human resilience and unwavering dedication.