February 24, 2011

Savate Shot From 1938

I am not sure how many of you peruse my blog roll, but over at Frenchboxing blog there is a great pic from 1938 that I had to share here.

Here is the original caption:

Original caption: June 6, 1938 - New York: The newest sport to make this blase village sit up and take notice is a combination of boxing and what the French call "La Savate". The latter was once a trick of the trade of the Paris apache and consists of kicking an opponent in the face and other parts of the anatomy. To the great embarrassment and inconvience of said opponent. Here you see Sonny Tucker laying a shapely left foot on the no less shapely chin ofShirley Elliot during their kick and punch match at Ivan Frank's smart night club in New York. Gentlemen, pray that the little woman doesn't take up this new game.

© Bettmann/CORBIS
June 06, 1938
New York, New York, USA

I love the last line: "...pray that the little woman doesn't take up this new game."  Still holds true damn near 80 years later!  Too funny that they actually have boxing gloves on their feet!


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