JACK DEMPSEY - TYPED QUOTATION SIGNED 1973 - HFSID 178066
Sale Price $202.50
JACK DEMPSEYThe boxer pens his name alongside this typed quotation Typed Quotation Signed: "Best of Luck/ Jack Dempsey/ 1973", 1p, 5x3¾ card. In full: "My mother had always wanted me to be a 'good citizen.' That might mean a lot of things; according to my interpretation it meant doing whatever job I undertook as well as I could. So I had to be as good a champion as I could and hold the title as long as possible." 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. Mounting remnants on verso (no show-through). Lightly creased at blank left margin. Tiny stain toward bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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