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Jack Dempsey

W L D
54 6 9
44 KOs 1 KOs
last 6


bouts 69
rounds 283
KOs 59%
 
global ID 9009
birth nameWilliam Harrison Dempsey
aliasManassa Mauler
born 1895-06-24
death date1983-05-31 / age 87
debut1914-08-18 / age 19
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 1″   /   185cm
reach
77″   /   196cm
residence
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
birth place
Manassa, Colorado, USA
other rolesReferee  Promoter  

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
75 56 4 0 2

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1927-09-22
192½Gene Tunney189½63 1 1
Soldiers Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
referee: Dave Barry   judges: George LyttonSheldon Clark
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
Round 7 Dempsey pummels Tunney to the canvas. Dempsey, who used to stand over opponents after knockdowns and rush right back at them after they got up, looked down on Tunney. Referee Dave Barry trying to enforce the new rule where the knockdown count won't begin until the standing boxer is in a neutral corner ordered Dempsey into a neutral corner to no avail; Dempsey just stood there, observing his opponent. This gave Tunney 5 extra precious seconds to recuperate. By the time Dempsey finally walked to a neutral corner, Tunney had been down for around 5 seconds. Again Ref Barry could not start to count on Tunney until Dempsey reached the neutral corner, but he was still able to count to nine before Tunney got up. Some believe that if Dempsey had responded to the referee's orders in time, he would have likely regained the world Heavyweight crown with a seventh round knockout of Tunney. The validity of this argument has been debated even to this day. In the fight film, a clock was superimposed that recorded Tunney's time on the floor as 14 seconds, from the moment he fell until he got up. Because of this delay, it became known as The Long Count Fight.
1927-07-21
194½Jack Sharkey19626 5 0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO7/15
 W  
KO
7/15
  
time: 0:45   referee: Jack O'Sullivan   judges: Tom FlynnCharles F. Mathison
"Sharkey took the count of ten after going down from a vicious left hook to the jaw. The Boston sailor had claimed a foul blow to the mid-section just before the climax, but the referee, Jack O’Sullivan, refused to allow it and counted him out. Dempsey’s knockout victory, which sent the crowd into a delirious outburst, followed a slashing, slugging battle from start to finish. The former champion, staggered in the first round and groggy, came back to force the fighting and finally dropped his young rival." (Associated Press)
This was a heavyweight tournament elimination bout, with the winner to meet current World Champion Gene Tunney for a shot at his title.
1926-09-23
190Gene Tunney189½62 1 1
Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tommy Reilly   judges: Frank BrownMike Bernstein
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 120,557
1923-09-14
192½Luis Angel Firpo216½25 2 0
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA
W KO2/15
 W  
KO
2/15
  
time: 0:57   referee: Johnny Gallagher   judges: George PatrickBilly 'Kid' McPartland
NYSAC World heavyweight title
Great slugfest, Firpo down 7 times in the first round,then late in the round Firpo sends Dempsey through the ropes with a powerful right hand. Dempsey barely climbs back through ropes and survives the round. After a total of 11 knockdowns between the boxers Dempsey finally halts the bigger, heavier South American in the second round with a knockout blow!
1923-07-04
188Tommy Gibbons175½47 2 1
Arena, Shelby, Montana, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
referee: James F. Dougherty
World Heavyweight Title
1921-07-02
188Georges Carpentier17281 11 5
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
W KO4/12
 W  
KO
4/12
  
referee: Harry Ertle
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
1920-12-14
188¼Bill Brennan19738 5 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO12/15
 W  
KO
12/15
  
time: 1:57   referee: Johnny Haukop
World Heavyweight Title
Brennan's best round was the second, when he landed two smashing uppercuts which had Dempsey in trouble. A left and right to the body put Brennan down for the full count in round 12. Brennan protested that he had beaten the count.
1920-09-06
188Billy Miske18728 1 2
Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 1:13   referee: James F. Dougherty
World Heavyweight Title
Miske took a count of three in the second round, said to be the first knockdown of his career.In the third round, he was down for "nine" before taking the full count. This was actually a no-decision fight.
1919-07-04
187Jess Willard24521 3 1
Bay View Park Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USA
W RTD3/12
 W  
RTD
3/12
  
referee: Ollie Pecord   judges: Tex RickardAnthony Drexel Biddle
World Heavyweight Title
Timekeeper: Warren Barbour; Willard was down seven times in the first round, but kept his feet afterwards until the fight was stopped. He suffered a terrible beating and was cut up badly.
1918-12-30
190Gunboat Smith17848 17 7
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
Dempsey knocked Smith down with a left jolt a minute into round one. For the remainder of the round Smith was on the defensive, trying unsuccessfully to parry or slip the punches that put him down repeatedly. Smith again went on the offensive at the start of the second, but Dempsey easily sidestepped the veteran fighter and put him down again. A short right to the head laid Smith out for the full count, he'd been down a total of 9 times.
1918-12-16
185Carl Morris22041 6 1
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO1/20
 W  
KO
1/20
  
time: 1:00   referee: Remy Dorr
Dempsey landed only one blow, a left hook to the solar plexus. Carl went to the canvas writhing and stayed there until the very long count was completed. He had insisted on full payment before the fight. Everyone thought that he had "flopped" and cries of "Fake!," "Police!," and "Jail the big tramp," and the like, were heard. (From the New Orleans Times-Picayune).
1918-11-28
185Billy Miske18723 1 2
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision for Dempsey from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Public Ledger, Indianapolis Star.
"Jack Dempsey won the popular decision from Billy Miske of St. Paul in a slow six-round bout here today at a Thanksgiving Day matinee. Only half a dozen hard blows were landed during the fight. There was scarcely any action in the first two rounds, but in the third Miske halted Dempsey with an uppercut to the jaw which gave him the advantage in this round. After this the bout was all in Dempsey's favor, the St. Paul man frequently holding in order to save himself from punishment." (Indianapolis Star)
1918-11-18
Porky Dan Flynn31 14 9
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/6
 W  
KO
1/6
  
time: 2:16
Reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record, etc.
1918-11-06
185Battling Levinsky17537 6 10
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO3/6
 W  
KO
3/6
  
Levinsky estimated he had about 250 bouts to this point, including about 60 under name Barney Williams. He also claimed that although he had been knocked down about 25 times, he had never taken a ten-count prior to this bout. It was Dempsey's right to the jaw that knocked him out. Result as given in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala)and the Philadelphia Record (Jack Kincaid).
1918-09-14
Jack Moran3 6 2
Moana Springs Arena, Reno, Nevada, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
1918-09-13
Willie Meehan76 13 35
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
referee: Eddie Graney
1918-08-24
Terry Kellar18 25 11
Westwood Field Gym, Dayton, Ohio, USA
W TKO5/15
 W  
TKO
5/15
  
referee: Lou Bauman
1918-07-27
188Fred Fulton20839 6 0
Federal League Baseball Park, Harrison, New Jersey, USA
W KO1/8
 W  
KO
1/8
  
time: 0:23   referee: John P. Eckhardt
Dempsey rushed Fulton at the bell, got inside, and hammered him with a right under the heart and a left to the belly. Fulton floundered and Dempsey stepped back, then hooked a left to the giant's head and a terrific right to the point of the chin. The big man tottered and fell sideways to the floor of the ring, his head resting on his right arm, which pinned down the lower rope of the three which encircled the ring. He tried to push himself up, but collapsed and had to be dragged back to his corner.
1918-07-06
196Porky Dan Flynn20231 13 9
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
referee: Dick Jemison
1918-07-04
Bob Devere23 6 2
Miners Park, Joplin, Missouri, USA
W KO1/12
 W  
KO
1/12
  
referee: Edward W. Cochrane
1918-07-01
Tom McCarty7 3 4
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
W KO1/12
 W  
KO
1/12
  
time: 0:30   referee: Jimmy Bronson
1918-05-29
Arthur Pelkey23 21 1
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 1:00
37 year old Pelkey stumbled and fell before a blow was landed. He regained his feet and immediately clinched. Dempsey landed a right and Pelkey went down for a count of six. He again rose and Dempsey landed a left hook to the jaw that knocked him out.
1918-05-22
Dan Ketchell0 4 0
Excelsior Springs, Colorado, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1918-05-03
187½Billy Miske18220 1 1
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: George Barton
"Neither fighter gained a commanding lead and a poor draw was the general verdict. Miske outboxed Dempsey most of the fight with the exception of the seventh round, when Dempsey, sinking a hard left into Miske's stomach and putting a right to the jaw, evened up the battle. Up to that time Miske had claimed three rounds and Dempsey two and one was a draw. Miske was plainly worried in the seventh but he held his own the rest of the way. The fight was without a spectacular feature. Miske continually resorted to infighting and managed to get inside most of Dempsey's blows. Miske landed one hard blow in the fight, a right cross in the third round. Dempsey scored in the second, third and seventh rounds and his supporters seemingly were inclined to give him a shade for this work. On the other hand those who gave Miske a shade based their verdicts on the fact that he made Dempsey miss many blows." (Indianapolis Star) According to George Blair, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported Miske to be the winner. $13,400 gate.
1918-03-25
200Tom Riley2120 3 0
Southwest A.C., Joplin, Missouri, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
Dempsey subbed for Fred Fulton. Riley was down eight times.
1918-03-16
Fred Saddy0 1 0
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W KO1/8
 W  
KO
1/8
  
(Saddy fought as "Jack Smith"). It was reported that a match between Dempsey and Jack McCarthy was called off because McCarthy had been knocked out under an assumed name some days before at Columbus, Ohio. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Dempsey-Saddy "fight" lasted only one minute and 30 seconds. Saddy was down three times. Promoter Billy Haack of the Phoenix A.C. apologized publicly for this fiasco, saying that he had relied on Manager Larney Lichtenstein of Milwaukee to provide a good opponent for Dempsey. Saddy (or "Soddy" as he is called in the Commercial Appeal) had served as a sparring partner for Dempsey in Milwaukee when Dempsey was training for his fight with Bill Brennan.
1918-02-25
188½Bill Brennan19625 2 3
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
"Just one man, Fred Fulton, stands today between Jack Dempsey, the shiftiest two-fisted fighter since Bob Fitzsimmons, and Jess Willard, the heavyweight champion of the world. When Dempsey fights as he fought against Bill Brennan here last night, no lesser man can stand against him. Dempsey knocked Brennan out in the sixth round, and it was a masterly piece of work. Very few fighters have taken a better licking or taken their licking better than Brennan did last night. In sixty-seven fights Brennan had not been knocked off his feet, and his record includes about forty knockouts. Dempsey had him down four times in the second round and twice in the sixth. That ought to be answer enough to the question, can Dempsey hit? Just once did Brennan's robust wallop net Dempsey for a punch that stung. Dempsey took that punch and came back fighting like a tiger. Brennan's vaunted defense crumpled like paper before Dempsey's attack and his deadly left hand could not find its mark. Dempsey punished the big Chicagoan in every round but one." (Warren Evening Times)
1918-02-14
Fireman Jim Flynn54 22 16
Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:10
1918-02-04
198Carl Morris22641 5 1
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
W DQ6/10
 W  
DQ
6/10
  
referee: Dick Nugent
1918-01-24
Homer Smith13 1 0
Racine, Wisconsin, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:15   referee: Harry Stout
1917-11-02
Carl Morris41 4 1
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1917-10-02
Gunboat Smith48 13 6
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
referee: Toby Irwin
Smith and Dempsey did not fight a 4-rounder on October 16, 1917, as was previously shown here. That entry was a duplicate of this one.
1917-09-26
Bob McAllister12 2 5
Arena, Emeryville, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
"Jack Dempsey won handily from Bob McAllister last night at the Emeryville arena. It was a case of Dempsey being too strong for his opponent, outboxing and outfighting the former Olympic Club man." San Francisco Chronicle
1917-09-19
Charley Miller21 19 13
Arena, Emeryville, California, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
referee: Bob Shand
1917-09-07
Willie Meehan70 12 30
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1917-08-10
Willie Meehan69 12 29
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
referee: Billy Snailham
1917-08-01
Al Norton9 9 5
Arena, Emeryville, California, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1917-07-25
Willie Meehan69 11 29
Arena, Emeryville, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1917-04-11
Al Norton9 8 4
West Oakland Club, Oakland, California, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1917-03-28
Willie Meehan66 10 29
Arena, Emeryville, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
referee: George Brown
1917-03-21
Al Norton9 8 3
West Oakland Club, Oakland, California, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1917-02-13
Fireman Jim Flynn53 22 16
Trocadero Hall, Murray, Utah, USA
LKO1/15
 L 
KO
1/15
  
time: 0:25   referee: Frank Armstrong
With Dempsey still bent over and walking toward Flynn, both forearms and gloves covering his face, Flynn rushed again. The Pueblo battler gave Dempsey's head a quick shove toward his right and sent a short right hand hook through Dempsey's guard and straight to the point of the chin. (Salt Lake Telegram)
1916-11-28
Young Hector4 1 0
Salida, Colorado, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
Reported in the Salida Mail.
1916-10-16
Dick Gilbert16 18 6
Salt Lake Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Hardy K. Downing
1916-10-07
Terry Kellar17 20 10
Bijo Hall, Ely, Nevada, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: C.W. Hicks
"Hairline decision" per Salt Lake Tribune 10-09-1916
1916-09-28
Young Hector4 0 0
Murray Fire Hall, Murray, Utah, USA
W RTD3/15
 W  
RTD
3/15
  
referee: Hardy K. Downing
Hector down once in the 2nd, and twice in the 3rd round.
1916-07-14
181John Lester Johnson17012 3 0
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
Opinions as to the winner were divided. For instance, one report said that "Dempsey failed to live up to the reputation that he earned in Salt Lake city, and was an easy mark for the local boxer." But another said "Neither boxer was ever in danger, but at the finish Johnson was very tired from the heavy punishment he received in the mid-section and around the head." The weights mentioned varied from one newpaper to another, but the ones listed look most probable.
1916-07-08
Bert Kenny5 3 0
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the New York Telegram (Paul Zabala). Kenny was floored twice in the bout.
1916-06-24
185Andre Anderson2055 4 1
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from New York newspapers (Jack Kincaid). According to Kincaid, Dempsey was not knocked down, as sometimes claimed.
1916-05-30
Bob York0 1 1
Elko Theater, Price, Utah, USA
W KO4/6
 W  
KO
4/6
  
Advertised for Pacific Coast Lightheavyweight Title
1916-05-17
Dan Ketchelldebut
Provo, Utah, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
referee: Del Roberts
Salt Lake City Tribune
1916-05-03
Terry Kellar17 18 10
Alhambra Theater, Ogden, Utah, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Tom Painter
Billed for the World Light Heavyweight Title
1916-04-08
Joe Bonds24 6 8
Bijo Hall, Ely, Nevada, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1916-03-17
George Christian5 2 3
Eko Theater, Price, Utah, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
1916-03-09
Cyril Kohendebut
Mozart Theatre, Provo, Utah, USA
W KO4/6
 W  
KO
4/6
  
1916-02-23
Boston Bearcatdebut
Armory, Ogden, Utah, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
A hard blow on the point of Bearcat's chin sent him to the floor for a nine count, he rose up groggily only to be put down again. (The Ogden Standard)
1916-02-21
Jack Downey18 10 31
Manhattan A.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
"The only knockout of the night was scored by Jack Dempsey, a young and husky light-heavy, over Jack Downey, a seasoned veteran. The first round was a hummer, with honors about even. In the second Dempsey came up with a rush and carried Downey off his feet. A wicked stomache punch was the beginning of Downey's downfall. He staggered to the ropes and a hard right, flush to the jaw, finished the battle": The Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune.
1916-02-01
Johnny Sudenberg5 8 11
Bijo Hall, Ely, Nevada, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
Sudenberg fought as Swede Johnson.
1915-12-20
Jack Gilliandebut
Manhattan A.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
W TKO1/4
 W  
TKO
1/4
  
referee: Hardy K. Downing
Gillian was knocked down, and the referee stopped the fight to save him.
1915-12-13
Jack Downey17 10 30
Grand Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
referee: Hardy K. Downing
1915-11-19
George Coplen1650 1 0
Lyric Opera House, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA
W KO6/10
 W  
KO
6/10
  
1915-10-23
Andy Malloy4 6 6
Moose Hall, Montrose, Colorado, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1915-10-07
Andy Malloy4 6 6
Gem Theater, Durango, Colorado, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Won by Dempsey according to Toby Smith, "Kid Blackie: Jack Dempsey's Colorado Days" Wayfinder Press, Ouray, Colorado, 1987. A copy of an advertising poster for this fight may be seen on page 114 of this book.
1915-08-01
Fred Woodsdebut
Moose Hall, Montrose, Colorado, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
1915-06-11
Johnny Sudenberg5 8 10
Tonopah, Nevada, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Jack Minnick
Reported in the Tonopah Bonanza (see IBRO, March 1989). Occurred on June 11, not June 13, as previously shown. Dempsey knocked Sudenberg down six times but still only received a draw. 06/14/15 Nevada State Journal
1915-05-31
Johnny Sudenberg5 8 9
Goldfield, Nevada, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
During one of their two bouts together this year, Dempsey was floored nine times in the first round.
This fight was only a six rounder per Nevada State Journal.
1915-04-26
Emmanuel Campbelldebut
Jockey A.C., Reno, Nevada, USA
W TKO4/4
 W  
TKO
4/4
  
referee: Roy Moore
1915-04-05
Jack Downey15 9 30
Garrick Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
1915-04-01
Chief Gordondebut
Utah, USA
W KO6/0
 W  
KO
6/0
  
1915-03-03
John Piersondebut
Utah, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
1915-02-26
Laverne Collier1 0 1
Pocatello, Idaho, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1915-02-02
Joe Lyonsdebut
Utah, USA
W KO9/0
 W  
KO
9/0
  
1915-01-01
Jim Johnsondebut
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1914-11-30
Billy Murphydebut
Garrick Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1914-08-18
Young Hermandebut
Ramona A.C. Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
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No Contest
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