Farr, Tommy


Card signed by the British & Empire 1937 heavyweight champion, lost world title fight that year to Joe Louis



Autograph ID: 6911
Condition: Very good, slight ink spot, very slight soiling
Description: (1913-1986) Welsh boxer nicknamed “the Tonypandy Terror”. Prior to 1936, he boxed was a light heavyweight and the Welsh champion. He became British and Empire heavyweight champion in 1937 and challenged for the world title against Joe Louis that year and gave Louis one of the toughest fights of his career, hurting him numerous times and lasting the full 15 rounds on his way to a wide unanimous decision loss, the decision booed by spectators. Farr is considered to be one of the greatest British heavyweight fighters ever and he was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. The actual ferocity of the battle with Louis and its level of competition, seldom contested, was summed up by Farr later on in life: “When I talk about that fight, my nose still bleeds.” After the Louis fight, Farr was unsuccessful in several contests at Madison Square Garden, New York. These included a 10-round fight on 21 January 1938, against former heavyweight champion James J. Braddock, “the Cinderella Man”. Farr returned to the UK early in 1939, enjoying a run of victories that year. He retired in 1940, but personal tragedies saw him lose his fortune and he ended up bankrupt, having to return to the ring at age 36 to make a living. He later ran a pub in Brighton.

Signed lined 3 x 5 card, received in person.
Type: Signed card

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