1884-03-06 (140lbs) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey w rtd 9 (finish) Bill Dacey, Campbell’s Hotel, Staten Island, NYC, New York, USA

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1884-03-06 (140lbs) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey w rtd 9 (finish) Bill Dacey, Campbell’s Hotel, Staten Island, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Jemmy Glidden. Contested under MoQ Rules, the Irish-born Dempsey (138) claimed the American 140lbs title after defeating Dacey (136), who was retired by his corner at the end of round nine having suffered a broken nose. Dacey had been down in the first, fourth (twice) and fifth, while Dempsey was dropped in the eighth. Contested in fencing gloves, the fight was also reported as being held on Long Island.

The new champion supposedly took the term ‘Nonpareil’ from Jack Randall, the great British bare-fist fighter, and ‘Dempsey’ from his mother’s maiden name.