JACK DEMPSEY - ILLUSTRATION SIGNED - HFSID 47272
Sale Price $270.00
"The Manassa Mauler" sings a printed illustration of him in the boxing ring.
Printed Illustration signed: "Jack Dempsey". Color, 5x8 overall, image 4½x5½ (one surface). Captioned: "DEMPSEY-TUNNEY". Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," the 6-foot, 190-pound Dempsey met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, at Toledo, OH. 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 half-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. On September 23, 1926, Gene Tunney won a 10-round decision and the title from Dempsey in Philadelphia. In their September 22, 1927 rematch in Philadelphia, Tunney once again beat Dempsey in a 10-round decision after which Dempsey retired. Tape remnant at top blank edge. Lightly shaded at bottom and right blank margins, else fine condition.
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