Octagon, a sports and entertainment marketing company, has been commissioned by the estate and family of boxing great Gene Tunney to sell the former heavyweight champion’s personal boxing memorabilia.
The marquee item of the collection is the boxing gloves worn by Tunney in his famous 1927 heavyweight title defense against Jack Dempsey, which is commonly referred to as the “Long Count” fight. Some of the other items include Tunney’s Most Valuable Boxer Trophy from 1927, 10 pairs of leather sparring gloves worn by Tunney, along with many other framed pictures, artwork, autographed items and other personal memorabilia.
“Our father left an indelible mark in the sports world with his gritty yet intellectual boxing style and true passion for the sport,” said former U.S. Senator John V. Tunney. “The proper home for this irreplaceable memorabilia will allow for the legacy of Gene Tunney to live on for decades to come.”
“Senator Tunney has been a longtime friend of Octagon, and we are honored that he and his family have entrusted us to find a suitable place for the great Gene Tunney’s athletic remembrances,” said Tom George, Octagon’s senior vice president of athlete and property marketing.