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 hard 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, working downstairs well, hammered his challenger from pillar to post in the eighth. Brennan hit back with a big left in the ninth, but Dempsey, not to be denied, went all out for victory in the tenth. With both men taking a fair amount of punishment, Dempsey, bleeding badly from both eyes and mouth, scored with a terrific left the body that doubled Brennan up in the 12th. Following that, after Dempsey smashed in a big right to the head to floor Brennan the latter was counted out in the act of rising at 1.57 of the session.
A series of 'black' title defences for Harry Wills in the first half of 1921 saw him successfully deal with Bill Tate (w co 2 at the Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York on 17 January), Jeff Clark (w rsc 2 at The Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland on 11 February), Jack Thompson (nd-w pts 8 at The Odeon, St Louis, Missouri on 8 April), Andy Johnson (w co 1 at the Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, NYC on 27 May), Battling Jim McCreary (w co 7 at The Arena, Syracuse, New York on 3 June), Ray Bennett (w co 1 at Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, NYC, New York on 4 June) and Tate again (w rsc 6 at Queensboro Stadium on 2 July).