JACK DEMPSEY - INSCRIBED PRINTED PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED IN INK - HFSID 155699
Sale Price $270.00
Black and white publicity photograph of the talented fighter from later in life
Inscribed Printed Photograph Signed in Ink: "To Mr. & Mrs. Risko/ Lots of Luck Pals/ Jack Dempsey". B/w, 8x10 overall, image 7¼x9 (one surface). Captioned at bottom blank margin. Photograph by A. Bryce Currie, Standard Studios, New York City, ©1964. 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. Slightly creased at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.
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