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Jack Dempsey

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey

Profession: Heavyweight Boxing Champion

United States of America

Biography: "The Manassa Mauler", he held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926.

Born: June 24, 1895
Birthplace: Manassa, Colorado, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: May 31, 1983 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1916-10-09 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah
  • 1919-04-02 American world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage
  • 1925-02-07 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)
  • 1933-07-18 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (38) weds broadway singer Hannah Williams (22)
  • 1943-07-07 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage

Historical Events

  • 1918-12-16 Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds
  • 1919-07-04 Jack Dempsey beats champion Jess Willard, retired in 3rd round in Toledo, Ohio for world heavyweight championship
  • 1920-09-06 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight
  • 1920-12-14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • 1921-07-02 In boxing's first million dollar gate ($1.7m), world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey KOs Frenchman Georges Carpentier in round 4 of his 3rd title defence; crowd 91,000 at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1923-07-04 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbons on points over 15 hard fought rounds in Shelby, Montana to retain world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1923-09-14 In his 4th heavyweight boxing title defence Jack Dempsey recovers after being sent through the ropes to KO Argentine challenger Luis Firpo in the 2nd round at the Polo Grounds, NYC
  • 1926-09-23 "Upset of the Decade" - Gene Tunney beats defending champion Jack Dempsey by 10-round unanimous decision at Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia for world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1927-09-22 "The long count" - in a famous boxing rematch, Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey by 10-round unanimous decision at Soldiers Field, Chicago to retain world heavyweight title; crowd 104,943; gate $2,858,660

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