1891-01-14 (154lbs) Bob Fitzsimmons w co 13 (finish) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey, Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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1891-01-14 (154lbs) Bob Fitzsimmons w co 13 (finish) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey, Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Referee: Alex Brewster. Fighting in an American ring for only the fourth time, Fitzsimmons (150½), a terrific two-handed fighter with immense hitting power, ultimately destroyed Dempsey (147½) to take the title. As early as the seventh round Dempsey looked a beaten man after he was dropped by a body blow and although he gamely fought back the writing was on the wall. Dropped three times in the tenth, twice more in the 11th and again in the 12th, Dempsey was now completely at the mercy of Fitzsimmons and in the 13th two heavy lefts and rights saw the champion floored again before being sent to the boards to be counted out. The final blow was more of a push than a punch, but Dempsey was completely used up, having had his nose broken and taken a battering to head and body.