A day like today: Jack Dempsey was born – One of the 10 best heavyweights in history.


Celebrity News:  Jack Dempsey, American boxer, one of the all-time boxing myths and the first world heavyweight champion to achieve true worldwide fame. From a humble family, he worked in his youth as a stevedore, stonecutter or miner, beginning to fight in afternoons of amateurs. His portentous strength brought the attention of some managers and became a professional boxer in 1914.

As the world heavyweight champion between 1919 and 1926, he won 84 bouts throughout his career, winning in 66 opportunities (51 by knockout), lost 6 times, and drew 11 more.

His career was always on the rise, becoming a most famous figure in the United States, although his resignation to get ready for World War I and the suspicion that his manager had manipulated some fighting did not win the sympathy of public opinion. However, he recovered in 1919 by beating Jess Willard in a world heavyweight title bout, in one of the most violent fights of all time, it must be remembered that Dempsey knocked him down 7 times in the first round and Final triumph in the third. From this famous victory known as the “long count”, Dempsey got a lot of fame, stepped into the ring for a few years and was introduced to the world of cinema, acting in several films.

Dempsey defended his title successfully on seven occasions, in mythical fights, before the French Georges Carpentier or the Argentine Luis Angel Firpo, that gave to its title a really global reach, although the beginning of a cinematographic race kept him inactive from 1923 to 1926. He lost the title in 1927 to Gene Tunney and retired after he had been able to knock him down in the revenge bout and the referee extended the count from ten to fourteen seconds, giving him the option to continue in the match.

The spectators of the ring protested those second extras that allowed Tunney to recover and to defeat to Dempsey. The defenders of Dempsey claimed that the referee had ignored that same rule when later Tunney demolished to Dempsey, initiating the account without Tunney in the neutral corner. After this defeat, he left the boxing.

Retired in 1940, he opened a restaurant in Broadway, New York. He died on May 31, 1983.

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