1886-03-03 (128lbs) Harry Gilmore w rtd 9 (finish) California Jack Dempsey, The Old Skating Rink, Norris, Michigan, USA
1886-03-03 (128lbs) Harry Gilmore w rtd 9 (finish) California Jack Dempsey, The Old Skating Rink, Norris, Michigan, USA. Referee: Alex McLeod. Billed for the world 128lbs title, with Gilmore weighing 127lbs and Dempsey (not to be confused with The Nonpareil) scaling 126lbs, various papers also reported the weights as being 130lbs and 132lbs, respectively. Ordinary kid gloves were used by the fighters. Right from the opening bell Gilmore went to work, dropping Dempsey with a right to the jaw. It was reported that apart from a slip in the second round he had little to worry about. By the fifth Dempsey’s face was covered in blood, and at the end of the eighth it was clear that he had no defence against Gilmore’s solid right hands that were consistently finding their way through his guard. When the time came for the ninth to begin Dempsey’s corner threw up the sponge, stating that their man’s eyes were so badly damaged that he could not see properly and it would be dangerous for him to continue.