Jack Dempsey

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William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie", and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.wikipedia
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William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie", and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.
The most famous of all three-way partnership (fighter-manager-promoter) was that of Jack Dempsey (heavyweight champion 1919–1926), his manager Jack Kearns, and the promoter Tex Rickard.

The Ring (magazine)

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Dempsey is ranked tenth on The Ring magazine's list of all-time heavyweights and seventh among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers, while in 1950 the Associated Press voted him as the greatest fighter of the past 50 years.
Some of the boxers featured on the magazine covers have included Tommy Ryan, Salvador Sánchez, Jack Dempsey, Pancho Villa, Max Schmeling, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jake LaMotta, Rocky Marciano, Willie Pep, Muhammad Ali, Alexis Argüello, Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez, Roberto Durán, Larry Holmes, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bud Taylor, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Julio César Chávez, Félix Trinidad, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Mauro Mina, and Ricardo Mayorga.

Middleweight

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His brother, Bernie, who often fought under the pseudonym, "Jack Dempsey"—this a common practice of the day, in fighters' admiration of middleweight boxer and former champion, Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey—had signed to fight veteran George Copelin.
The first middleweight fight with gloves may have been between George Fulljames and Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey (no relation to the more famous heavyweight Jack Dempsey).

Jess Willard

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Among his opponents as a rising contender were Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer ever to beat Dempsey by a knockout when Dempsey lost to him in the first round (although some boxing historians believe the fight was a "fix"), and Gunboat Smith, formerly a highly-ranked contender who had beaten both World Champion Jess Willard and Hall of Famer Sam Langford.
He was known for his great strength and ability to absorb tremendous punishment, although today he is also known for his controversial title loss to Jack Dempsey.

International Boxing Hall of Fame

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He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and was in the previous Boxing Hall of Fame.

Gunboat Smith

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Among his opponents as a rising contender were Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer ever to beat Dempsey by a knockout when Dempsey lost to him in the first round (although some boxing historians believe the fight was a "fix"), and Gunboat Smith, formerly a highly-ranked contender who had beaten both World Champion Jess Willard and Hall of Famer Sam Langford.
Among the all-time greats he faced were the legendary Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb, Sam Langford, and Georges Carpentier.

Hobo

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Due to his lack of money, he frequently traveled underneath trains and slept in hobo camps.

Fireman Jim Flynn

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Among his opponents as a rising contender were Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer ever to beat Dempsey by a knockout when Dempsey lost to him in the first round (although some boxing historians believe the fight was a "fix"), and Gunboat Smith, formerly a highly-ranked contender who had beaten both World Champion Jess Willard and Hall of Famer Sam Langford.
He is often remembered as the only boxer to ever knock out the formidable Jack Dempsey.

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On July 4, 1919, Dempsey and World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard met at Toledo for the world title.

Sam Langford

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Among his opponents as a rising contender were Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer ever to beat Dempsey by a knockout when Dempsey lost to him in the first round (although some boxing historians believe the fight was a "fix"), and Gunboat Smith, formerly a highly-ranked contender who had beaten both World Champion Jess Willard and Hall of Famer Sam Langford.
Renowned champion Jack Dempsey claimed that as a young boxer in 1916 he refused a fight with Langford.

Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Ángel Firpo

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The last successful title defense for Dempsey was in September 1923 at New York City's Polo Grounds in Dempsey vs. Firpo.
The Jack Dempsey versus Luis Ángel Firpo fight was a historic boxing fight: It was the first time that a Latin American fighter would challenge for the world heavyweight title, and it would be one of the defining fights of Dempsey's career.

Manassa, Colorado

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Born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado, he grew up in a poor family in Colorado, West Virginia, and Utah.

Billy Miske

Dempsey did not defend his title until September 1920, with a fight against Billy Miske in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
During his tenure as a pugilist he had multiple-bout series with a plethora of all-time greats including Harry Greb, Jack Dempsey, Jack Dillon, Tommy Gibbons, Bill Brennan and Battling Levinsky, among others.

Shelby, Montana

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Dempsey did not defend his title again until July 1923 against Tommy Gibbons in Shelby, Montana.
On July 4, 1923, the town hosted a heavyweight boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Tommy Gibbons for a world championship title.

Battling Levinsky

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Among other matches won that year were against Light Heavyweight Champion Battling Levinsky, Bill Brennan, Fred Fulton, Carl E. Morris, Billy Miske, heavyweight Lefty Jim McGettigan, and Homer Smith.
Levinsky met future champion Jack Dempsey on November 6, 1918 and lost in Philadelphia from a third round knockout administered by a left to the jaw.

Carl E. Morris

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Among other matches won that year were against Light Heavyweight Champion Battling Levinsky, Bill Brennan, Fred Fulton, Carl E. Morris, Billy Miske, heavyweight Lefty Jim McGettigan, and Homer Smith.
On December 16, 1918 he lost a fight to Jack Dempsey at the Louisiana Auditorium in New Orleans.

Heavyweight

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William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie", and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.

Benny Leonard

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Pro lightweight fighter Benny Leonard predicted a victory for the 6'1", 187 pound Dempsey even though Willard, known as the "Pottawatamie Giant", was 6'6½" tall and 245 pounds.
On a lighter note, Charlie Chaplain performed before the opening bell and Leonard received a world lightweight championship belt from Tex Rickard, manager of the Garden and legendary heavyweight Jack Dempsey, at the end of the match.

Jack Kearns

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Before he employed the long-experienced Jack Kearns as his manager, Dempsey was first managed by John J. Reisler.
He is most remembered for achieving the first "million dollar gate" in boxing when the Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier bout generated a record $1,789,238 in ticket sales, and for managing Jack Dempsey, who became World Heavyweight Champion from 1919 to 1926 and gave him the nickname "The Doc".

Gene Tunney

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In September 1926, Dempsey fought the Irish American and former U.S. Marine Gene Tunney in Philadelphia, a fighter who had only lost once in his career.
He also knocked out Georges Carpentier and defeated Jack Dempsey twice; first in 1926 and again in 1927.

Harry Wills

There was pressure from the public and the media for Dempsey to defend his title against Black contender Harry Wills.
He defeated Willie Meehan, who had decisioned Jack Dempsey, Gunboat Smith and Charley Weinart.

Tommy Gibbons

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Dempsey did not defend his title again until July 1923 against Tommy Gibbons in Shelby, Montana.
His biggest fight came near the end of his career in Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons when he met heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1923 in Shelby, Montana.

Daredevil Jack

Instead of continuing to defend his title, Dempsey earned money with boxing exhibitions, product endorsements, and by appearing in films, such as the adventure film serial Daredevil Jack.
Daredevil Jack is a 1920 American silent action film serial directed by W. S. Van Dyke and starring heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.

KDKA (AM)

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Radio pioneer RCA arranged for live coverage of the match via KDKA, making the event the first national radio broadcast.
On July 2, 1921, RCA arranged to broadcast live, over temporary station WJY, the Jack Dempsey - Georges Carpentier heavyweight boxing match in New Jersey, with the company claiming that 300,000 persons listened to the WJY transmission.

Georges Carpentier

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Dempsey's next defending fight was against French World War I hero Georges Carpentier, a fighter, popular on both sides of the Atlantic.
Carpentier's attempt at the heavyweight Championship of the world came on July 2, 1921, again in Jersey City, when he faced Jack Dempsey in front of boxing's first million dollar gate (approximately $0 today).