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    A VERY SPECIAL SIGNED BOXING ARTIFACT. This item belonged to Marv Jenson, a legendary figure in boxing, and was autographed for him personally. Jenson, who was honored along with Ingemar Johansson at the 1960 annual dinner of the Boxing Writer’s Association (program included), had several claims to fame in his remarkable career, for which he became the youngest ever recipient of the "James J. Walker Award for Long and Meritorious Service." Originally a boxer himself, he fought 14 professional fights in the late 1930’s and won all by knockouts, before a case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever prematurely ended his career, but not his love of boxing. Friends and neighbors constantly asked him to take their kids under his wing and teach them something about the sport, so he set up a gym in his barn. An early pupil was Gene Fullmer, who started coming over at the age of eight. Marv would later manage Fullmer’s career as he became middleweight champion of the world. By 1943, some 50 boys were studying with him, and they outgrew his makeshift barn gym, so he built another ring in his basement and an out door one next door. Eventually he would build a large gymnasium, complete with sleeping quarters, a basketball court, locker rooms, and even a restaurant! The facility was always open to the community free of charge. Even after he became active again in professional boxing, managing Fullmer and some two-dozen other fighters, he never stopped supporting amateurs and community efforts, and for these long years of service he received the prestigious Walker award. One of Jenson’s more imaginative contributions to boxing history was the invention of a ROUND BOXING RING! It never caught on of course. But offered here is an original Jenson prototype model, 12" in diameter in its original custom carrying case. In a tribute to Jenson, it was signed by a host of boxing celebrities (plus Bob Hope!): Dempsey, Louis, Ray Robinson, Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Fullmer, Carmen Basilio, Howard Cosell, Archie Moore, Angelo Dundee, Sugar Ray Leonard, Rex Layne, Bob Goodman, and Ray Nitschke, among others. Dempsey has personalized his signature, "To my friend Marv Jenson, Good luck pal." Archie Moore writes (of the round ring) "Marv, it’s got to catch on." Slight bleeding of ink on some signatures, but all quite clear. Certainly a unique item which comes with a host of material about Jenson! LOA Spence Grad PSA DNA. (# This item may require additional shipping charges).

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