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Portrait of Otto Cribb, 1900? [picture] / Brand
Bib ID 3637931
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Online Versions
Description [1900?] 
1 photograph : sepia toned ; image 19.5 x 13.9 cm., on mount 25.2 x 17.6 cm. 
Series

Arnold Thomas boxing collection.

Biography/History

Otto Cribb came to Australia from New Zealand. He was born at Dunedin, in the south Island, on St Valentines Day 1878. After cleaning up all the local welterweights he, like many of his countrymen, crossed the Tasman and made a mess of some of Australia's best. Cribb was a truly great puncher and after thrashing a dozen of the Aussie lads, took the Australian welter title from Snowy Sturgeon with an eight round knockout on April 21st 1900. In October of that year he defended his title against Mick Dunn with a seventh round knockout before travelling to America where he impressed everyone with his toughness and two fisted punching. After a successful tour he returned to Sydney where on July 22nd 1901 he put his title on the line against Mick Dunn at the Gaiety Hall. It was a tough bruising affair with Cribb being counted out in the ninth round while resting on one knee. He seemed to recover quickly and after dressing, went back to his hotel, The Cliff House, at Bondi and retired for the night. In the morning his manager found him dead in his bed. He was twenty three. Upon hearing the news Mick Dunn announced his retirement from boxing. Cribb's record is impressive. Of twenty six bouts he only lost two, winning nineteen by knockout.

Notes

Part of: Arnold Thomas boxing collection.

Title devised by cataloguer based on inscription on mount.

"Brand, 37 Park Street Sydney."--On mount.

Condition: Glued to mount. Some foxing, soiling and damage to mount.

Inscription: "Sat, Globe, 1 Col x 5 1/8" Arm into next Col, Return to Merv Williams, Keep Clean"--Handwritten in pencil on reverse.

Inscription: "Died in the Ring"--Handwritten in pencil on reverse.

Inscription: "Otto Cribb"--Handwritten in ink on reverse.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-148540157

Subjects Cribb, Otto -- Portraits.  |  Boxers (Sports) -- Australia -- Portraits.  |  Boxers (Sports) -- New Zealand -- Portraits.
Other authors/contributors Brand (Sydney, N.S.W.)

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