JACK DEMPSEY - BOOK PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED 1972 - HFSID 154948
Sale Price $270.00
JACK DEMPSEYSigned black and white book photograph (5½x8¼) of the skilled fighter sitting with Gene Tunney before their first fight Book Photograph Signed: "lots of luck/ Jack Dempsey/ 1972". B/w, 5½x8¼. Billed as "The Manassa Mauler" and "the toughest man ever to come out of the West,"the 6-foot, 190-pound Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, in Toledo, Ohio. Dempsey won on a 3rd-round knockout. During the next seven years, Dempsey defended his title only six times but made a lot of money in the process. His fight against Frenchman Georges Carpentier on July 2, 1921 produced boxing's first $1 million gate. He lost his title to Gene Tunney on September 23, 1926 in a ten-round decision, after which he retired. Named the greatest fighter of the first half of the 20th century in a 1950 Associated Press poll, he won 60 professional fights, 49 by knockout; lost 7, 1 by knockout; and fought 7 draws, 5 no-decisions, and 1 no-contest. Irregular left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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