Dempsey, Jack


Dempsey, Jack
orig. William Harrison Dempsey

born June 24, 1895, Manassa, Colo., U.S.
died May 31, 1983, New York, N.Y.

U.S. boxer.

Dempsey started fighting in 1914 under the name Kid Blackie. After compiling an impressive number of first-round knockouts, in 1919 he was matched against world heavyweight champion Jess Willard. Dempsey defeated Willard in three rounds. He then held the heavyweight title until his defeat by Gene Tunney in 1926 in a 10-round decision. In the next year's rematch, in the famous "Long Count" bout, Dempsey would not go to a neutral corner after knocking Tunney down; this delayed the start of the count against Tunney and gave him extra time to recover and win the fight. Nicknamed the "Manassa Mauler," Dempsey was known as a ferocious fighter who kept continuously on the offensive. He fought exhibition matches in the 1930s before retiring in 1940; he later became a successful restaurateur. In 84 fights he compiled a record of 62 wins, 51 by knockout.

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▪ American boxer
byname of  William Harrison Dempsey,  also called  the Manassa Mauler 
born June 24, 1895, Manassa, Colorado, U.S.
died May 31, 1983, New York, New York
 American world heavyweight boxing champion, regarded by many as the apotheosis of the professional fighter. He held the title from July 4, 1919, when he knocked out Jess Willard (Willard, Jess) in three rounds in Toledo, Ohio, until September 23, 1926, when he lost a 10-round decision to Gene Tunney (Tunney, Gene) in Philadelphia. Dempsey fought 84 bouts, winning 62, 51 of which were by knockout.

 Dempsey started boxing in 1914 under the name Kid Blackie. In 1918 and early 1919 he compiled an impressive number of knockouts, most in the first round, to earn a fight with Willard. The 37-year-old champion proved no match for young Dempsey, who attacked ferociously from the starting bell and knocked Willard to the floor seven times in the first round. Even more primitive in its intensity was Dempsey's title defense against Argentine heavyweight Luis Angel Firpo (Firpo, Luis) in New York City on September 14, 1923. After being knocked out of the ring in the first round, Dempsey battered Firpo into defeat in the second.

      During the next three years Dempsey fought only exhibition matches, and at the age of 31 he found that he had aged too much to deal with the carefully trained Tunney (Tunney, Gene) in their first fight. On September 22, 1927, in Chicago, they met again in the famous “Battle of the Long Count,” in which Dempsey forfeited his chance for a seventh-round knockout by standing over the fallen Tunney rather than going to a neutral corner of the ring. Tunney recovered to win another 10-round decision.

      In his boxing style Dempsey kept on the offensive almost continuously, bobbing up and down and moving from side to side as he delivered short swinging blows out of a crouch. His constant movement and the speed of his attack constituted his defense.

      In the 1930s Dempsey appeared in many exhibitions, but he was never again a serious contender for the championship. In 1940 he had three knockout victories over unaccomplished opponents before retiring to referee boxing and wrestling matches. In World War II he served as a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard. He eventually became a successful restaurateur in New York City. Dempsey published several books on boxing. His autobiographies include Round by Round (1940), Dempsey (1960), and Dempsey: The Autobiography of Jack Dempsey (1977). He was inducted into Ring magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954.

Additional Reading
Biographies of Jack Dempsey include Roger Kahn, A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s (1999); Randy Roberts, Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler (1979, reissued 1987); and Nat Fleischer, Jack Dempsey: The Idol of Fistiana (rev. ed. 1936, reissued 1949).

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