At that time Ali was still Cassius Clay and was only 22 years old, four years after winning Olympic gold for the USA. Though Ali (Clay) was a well documented fighter before these fights, Liston although he was the champ before the first fight, learned to box in prison.
Liston was serving time in the Missouri State Penitentiary for armed robbery when he began to box. He was later jailed again for assaulting a police officer, and for much of his career his contract was owned by Frankie Carbo, a one time hit man and senior member of the Lucchese crime family, who ran "boxing interests" for the mafia. This signed and framed photo is from a 1996 personal signing with Lou Scalia, the owner of Stacks of Plaques at that time. Lou is well respected in the business and also included is a photo of Lou watching Ali sign the photos.
It is in pristine condition with no flaws, never any direct sunlight and smoke free. After retiring and moving to the beach last year I have scaled my collection down to just cards and selected Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax autographed items.
This has been meticulously cared for as it is one of the most iconic photos and sought after autos in the business. Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoyed a little background on this rare item.
My wish is that someone may enjoy this for as long as I have, thank you! I also have a few other sports items including Griffey Jr and Ripken signed pics and bats for sale if interested. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Autographs-Original\Boxing\Photos". The seller is "jo806677" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States.