1920-12-14 Jack Dempsey w co 12 (15) Bill Brennan, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1920-12-14 Jack Dempsey w co 12 (15) Bill Brennan, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Johnny Haukaup. In an extremely tough defence, Dempsey (188¼) eventually came through to knock the tough challenger out, but he had taken far more punches than he cared for. Both men were hard at it in the early rounds with Dempsey just about getting the better of things. Having hurt Brennan (197) to the body in the fifth, Dempsey worked downstairs well and in the eighth he hammered his challenger from pillar to post. Brennan hit back with a big left in the ninth, but Dempsey would not be denied and went all out for victory in the tenth. Both men were taking a fair amount of punishment, but in the 12th, Dempsey, bleeding badly from both eyes and mouth, scored with a terrific left the body that doubled Brennan up and after smashing in a big right to the head the latter was counted out in the act of rising at 1.57 of the session.
On 17 January 1921 (at the Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York), Harry Wills knocked out Bill Tate in two rounds in defending his ‘black’ title prior to successfully taking on Jeff Clark (w rsc 2 on 11 February 1921 at The Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland); Jack Thompson (nd-w pts 8 on 8 April at The Odeon, St Louis, Missouri); Andy Johnson (w co 1 on 27 May at the Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, NYC) and Tate (w rsc 6 on 2 July at Queensboro Stadium, Queens, NYC).