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Description : Here we have a superb vintage onsite poster from Peltz promotions in Philadelphia juxtaposed with the fact that this was the 1st fight under the banner of 'Muhammad Ali Professional Sports' this actually had nothing to do with Ali, who'd just leased his name to the company.


*This organization had no connection to boxing champion Muhammad Ali other than use of his name for a fee. When allegations of the scandal emerged, Ali asked that his name be dropped. Black boxing promoter Harold J. Smith was chairman of Muhammad Ali Professional Sports, Inc. (MAPS). Smith lived lived like a king and was extremely materialistic and shallow. Smith was also master showman and an expert in deflecting blame. He also had the gift of gab. Smith was known to strut around town, giving the impression that he was a close friend to Muhammad Ali. His lavish spending became suspect-early on. He was known to rent lavish suites and eat expensive food. He also had a appetite for blondes and he was seen all over town in exotic cars. In 1981, Smith was named by Wells Fargo Bank in a $21.3 million civil embezzlement suit.

Back to the boxing; Joltin' Jeff Chandler reigned as the WBA Bantamweight Champion from November 1980 to April 1984. The 5'7" (67 inches - 1.70 metres) tall Philadelphian began his professional career with a four-round draw in 1976 after only two amateur bouts. Chandler then began a four-year string of victories culminating in a challenge for the WBA 118-pound championship held by Julian Sols. On November 14, 1980 Chandler won the title by a fourteenth-round knockout in Miami, becoming the first American fighter to hold the bantamweight crown in over 30 years.

Chandler's first defence was against former champion Jorge Lujan of Panama, winning on points in fifteen rounds.

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Condition : Excellent/Minor edge wear / Framed 4 display purposes only!
Size : 28in x 22in
Price : £300.00
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