Name: HARRIS, ROY & LEW JENKINS & JIMMY MCLARNIN WIRE PHOTO
History: Roy Harris (born 29 June 1933) is a retired American Heavyweight boxer, whose nickname derived from his town of his birth Cut and Shoot, Texas. Roy is a co-trainer of undefeated title contender Alfonso López III. Harris was a heavyweight contender during the 1950s. He won his first 23 fights, including consecutive wins against Willi Besmanoff, Bob Baker and Willie Pastrano, and was named Ring Magazine's progress of the year for 1957. Before his title bout with Floyd Patterson Roy was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In August 1958, Harris was given a title shot by world champion Floyd Patterson. The promotion was colorful, due to the backstory of Harris' kinsmen, one of the celebrated East Texas clans still existing as their forebears had for generations. Much was made of the "backwoods" quality of Roy's life, and every venue was utilized in using this as ballyhoo; this extended as far as having Harris record a 45 RPM record for airplay only (DECCA Records, No. 9-30717). Roy was predictably photographed in cowboy hat and boots, and in one wire photo, he holds a revolver at the ready (AP Wirephoto rw41500sh). The aforementioned Sports Illustrated cover, portrays Harris barechested and barefoot, standing upon a cabin porch with 19th Century rifle at rest beside him; he further sports a canine companion. ""Roy Harris The Heavyweight Challenger From Cut And Shoot"". Sports Illustrated. August 18th, 1958.. The fight took place at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, CA. Harris knocked down the champion in the second round, but was himself knocked down four times; Harris' corner stopped the fight before the 13th round. Mushy Callahan, was the referee. Back in Texas, Roy's extended family had gathered at the drive-in theater in nearby Conroe, which had been equipped for the occasion, with its own closed circuit movie hook-up. The evening, a colorful one of guitar playing and dancing, of course ended sadly, but most did not give up hope until near the end. It has been conjectured, that Harris' heroic stand--versus a champion acknowledged later by Muhammad Ali as "the most skilled as a boxer" whom Ali had faced--is all the more miraculous, due to the location of his training facilities. Harris trained for the Patterson fight in the mountains, hundreds of feet higher in altitude than the city of Los Angeles...yet, he completed 12 full rounds and scored a (debated) knockdown. Roy offered no excuses, however; a former winner of the Joe Louis award for sportsmanship, he replied when questioned, "I did my best."Harris then won six consecutive fights, before losing to a (28-1) Sonny Liston. He then dropped a decision to Henry Cooper and was stopped twice by Bob Cleroux. He retired with a final record of 30 wins and five losses. He is believed to be the only boxer to become a lawyer after fighting for the world heavyweight title. Roy Harris was a county clerk in Montgomery County for 28 years. He began practicing law in 1972 and drew up the papers for Cut And Shoot to become incorporated. Roy's office is actually in his house and he has been married 47 years and has six children. Offered here is an original wire photo of Roy Harris at his training camp entertaining former champions Lew Jenkins and Jimmy McLarnin.
Full description: This is an original wire photo which is labeled on the back in pencil. Bold, clear image. Mild crease in upper right corner. Clean back and front. Minor edge wear. 6 1/2" x 8."
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Categories: Photograph - Jenkins, Lew - McLarnin, Jimmy
Condition: very good
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