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Jack Dempsey
Global ID9009
sexmale
birthdate 1895-06-24
death date 1983-05-31 (87)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 1″   /   185cm
reach77″   /   196cm
aliasManassa Mauler
country USA
residenceSalt Lake City, Utah, USA
birth placeManassa, Colorado, USA
birth nameWilliam Harrison Dempsey
won 55 (KO 45) + lost 6 (KO 1) + drawn 9 = 70
rounds boxed 286
Newspaper Decisions won 4 : lost : drawn 2
rounds boxed 56
Total Bouts 76 KO% 59.21
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1932-02-11KO Christner31-19-0
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO34
This event was billed as an exhibition. At least 3 newspapers reported Dempsey stopped Christner in round 3.
1927-09-22Gene Tunney63-1-1
Soldiers Field, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Dave Barry | judge: George Lytton | judge: Sheldon Clark
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
Round 7 Dempsey pummels Tunney to the canvas. Dempsey, who used to stand over opponents after knockdowns and rush right back at them after they got up, looked down on Tunney. Referee Dave Barry trying to enforce the new rule where the knockdown count won't begin until the standing boxer is in a neutral corner ordered Dempsey into a neutral corner to no avail; Dempsey just stood there, observing his opponent. This gave Tunney 5 extra precious seconds to recuperate. By the time Dempsey finally walked to a neutral corner, Tunney had been down for around 5 seconds. Again Ref Barry could not start to count on Tunney until Dempsey reached the neutral corner, but he was still able to count to nine before Tunney got up. Some believe that if Dempsey had responded to the referee's orders in time, he would have likely regained the world Heavyweight crown with a seventh round knockout of Tunney. The validity of this argument has been debated even to this day. In the fight film, a clock was superimposed that recorded Tunney's time on the floor as 14 seconds, from the moment he fell until he got up. Because of this delay, it became known as The Long Count Fight.
1927-07-21Jack Sharkey26-5-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO715
time: 0:45 | referee: Jack O'Sullivan | judge: Tom Flynn | judge: Charles F. Mathison
"Sharkey took the count of ten after going down from a vicious left hook to the jaw. The Boston sailor had claimed a foul blow to the mid-section just before the climax, but the referee, Jack O’Sullivan, refused to allow it and counted him out. Dempsey’s knockout victory, which sent the crowd into a delirious outburst, followed a slashing, slugging battle from start to finish. The former champion, staggered in the first round and groggy, came back to force the fighting and finally dropped his young rival." (Associated Press)
This was a heavyweight tournament elimination bout, with the winner to meet current World Champion Gene Tunney for a shot at his title.

1926-09-23Gene Tunney62-1-1
Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALUD1010
referee: Tommy Reilly | judge: Frank Brown | judge: Mike Bernstein
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 120,557

1923-09-14Luis Angel Firpo25-2-0
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWKO215
time: 0:57 | referee: Johnny Gallagher | judge: George Patrick | judge: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
NYSAC World heavyweight title
Great slugfest, Firpo down 7 times in the first round,then late in the round Firpo sends Dempsey through the ropes with a powerful right hand. Dempsey barely climbs back through ropes and survives the round. After a total of 11 knockdowns between the boxers Dempsey finally halts the bigger, heavier South American in the second round with a knockout blow!
1923-07-04Tommy Gibbons47-2-1
Arena, Shelby, Montana, USAWPTS1515
referee: James F. Dougherty
World Heavyweight Title
1921-07-02Georges Carpentier81-11-5
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO412
referee: Harry Ertle
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
1920-12-14Bill Brennan38-5-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO1215
time: 1:57 | referee: Johnny Haukop
World Heavyweight Title
Brennan's best round was the second, when he landed two smashing uppercuts which had Dempsey in trouble. A left and right to the body put Brennan down for the full count in round 12. Brennan protested that he had beaten the count.

1920-09-06Billy Miske28-1-2
Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USAWKO310
time: 1:13 | referee: James F. Dougherty
World Heavyweight Title
Miske took a count of three in the second round, said to be the first knockdown of his career.In the third round, he was down for "nine" before taking the full count. This was actually a no-decision fight.

1919-07-04Jess Willard21-3-1
Bay View Park Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USAWRTD312
referee: Ollie Pecord | judge: Tex Rickard | judge: Anthony Drexel Biddle
World Heavyweight Title
Timekeeper: Warren Barbour; Willard was down seven times in the first round, but kept his feet afterwards until the fight was stopped. He suffered a terrible beating and was cut up badly.

1918-12-30Gunboat Smith48-17-7
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO28
Dempsey knocked Smith down with a left jolt a minute into round one. For the remainder of the round Smith was on the defensive, trying unsuccessfully to parry or slip the punches that put him down repeatedly. Smith again went on the offensive at the start of the second, but Dempsey easily sidestepped the veteran fighter and put him down again. A short right to the head laid Smith out for the full count, he'd been down a total of 9 times.
1918-12-16Carl Morris40-6-1
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO120
time: 1:00 | referee: Remy Dorr
Dempsey landed only one blow, a left hook to the solar plexus. Carl went to the canvas writhing and stayed there until the very long count was completed. He had insisted on full payment before the fight. Everyone thought that he had "flopped" and cries of "Fake!," "Police!," and "Jail the big tramp," and the like, were heard. (From the New Orleans Times-Picayune).
1918-11-28Billy Miske23-1-2
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Dempsey from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Public Ledger, Indianapolis Star.
"Jack Dempsey won the popular decision from Billy Miske of St. Paul in a slow six-round bout here today at a Thanksgiving Day matinee. Only half a dozen hard blows were landed during the fight. There was scarcely any action in the first two rounds, but in the third Miske halted Dempsey with an uppercut to the jaw which gave him the advantage in this round. After this the bout was all in Dempsey's favor, the St. Paul man frequently holding in order to save himself from punishment." (Indianapolis Star)

1918-11-18Porky Dan Flynn32-14-8
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
time: 2:16
Reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record, etc.
1918-11-06Battling Levinsky37-6-10
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO36
Levinsky estimated he had about 250 bouts to this point, including about 60 under name Barney Williams. He also claimed that although he had been knocked down about 25 times, he had never taken a ten-count prior to this bout. It was Dempsey's right to the jaw that knocked him out. Result as given in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala)and the Philadelphia Record (Jack Kincaid).
1918-09-14Jack Moran3-6-2
Moana Springs Arena, Reno, Nevada, USAWKO110
1918-09-13Willie Meehan74-13-35
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
referee: Eddie Graney
1918-08-24Terry Kellar18-25-11
Westwood Field Gym, Dayton, Ohio, USAWTKO515
referee: Lou Bauman
1918-07-27Fred Fulton41-5-0
Federal League Baseball Park, Harrison, New Jersey, USAWKO18
time: 0:23 | referee: John P. Eckhardt
Dempsey rushed Fulton at the bell, got inside, and hammered him with a right under the heart and a left to the belly. Fulton floundered and Dempsey stepped back, then hooked a left to the giant's head and a terrific right to the point of the chin. The big man tottered and fell sideways to the floor of the ring, his head resting on his right arm, which pinned down the lower rope of the three which encircled the ring. He tried to push himself up, but collapsed and had to be dragged back to his corner.
1918-07-06Porky Dan Flynn32-13-8
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO110
referee: Dick Jemison
1918-07-04Bob Devere23-6-2
Miners Park, Joplin, Missouri, USAWKO112
referee: Edward W. Cochrane
1918-07-01Tom McCarty7-3-4
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWKO112
time: 0:30 | referee: Jimmy Bronson
1918-05-29Arthur Pelkey23-20-1
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USAWKO115
time: 1:00
37 year old Pelkey stumbled and fell before a blow was landed. He regained his feet and immediately clinched. Dempsey landed a right and Pelkey went down for a count of six. He again rose and Dempsey landed a left hook to the jaw that knocked him out.
1918-05-22Dan Ketchell0-4-0
Excelsior Springs, Colorado, USAWKO210
1918-05-03Billy Miske20-1-1
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USADNWS1010
referee: George Barton
"Neither fighter gained a commanding lead and a poor draw was the general verdict. Miske outboxed Dempsey most of the fight with the exception of the seventh round, when Dempsey, sinking a hard left into Miske's stomach and putting a right to the jaw, evened up the battle. Up to that time Miske had claimed three rounds and Dempsey two and one was a draw. Miske was plainly worried in the seventh but he held his own the rest of the way. The fight was without a spectacular feature. Miske continually resorted to infighting and managed to get inside most of Dempsey's blows. Miske landed one hard blow in the fight, a right cross in the third round. Dempsey scored in the second, third and seventh rounds and his supporters seemingly were inclined to give him a shade for this work. On the other hand those who gave Miske a shade based their verdicts on the fact that he made Dempsey miss many blows." (Indianapolis Star) According to George Blair, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported Miske to be the winner. $13,400 gate.
1918-03-25Tom Riley0-3-0
Southwest A.C., Joplin, Missouri, USAWKO115
Dempsey subbed for Fred Fulton. Riley was down eight times.
1918-03-16Fred Saddy0-1-0
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO18
(Saddy fought as "Jack Smith"). It was reported that a match between Dempsey and Jack McCarthy was called off because McCarthy had been knocked out under an assumed name some days before at Columbus, Ohio. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Dempsey-Saddy "fight" lasted only one minute and 30 seconds. Saddy was down three times. Promoter Billy Haack of the Phoenix A.C. apologized publicly for this fiasco, saying that he had relied on Manager Larney Lichtenstein of Milwaukee to provide a good opponent for Dempsey. Saddy (or "Soddy" as he is called in the Commercial Appeal) had served as a sparring partner for Dempsey in Milwaukee when Dempsey was training for his fight with Bill Brennan.
1918-02-25Bill Brennan25-2-3
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWTKO610
"Just one man, Fred Fulton, stands today between Jack Dempsey, the shiftiest two-fisted fighter since Bob Fitzsimmons, and Jess Willard, the heavyweight champion of the world. When Dempsey fights as he fought against Bill Brennan here last night, no lesser man can stand against him. Dempsey knocked Brennan out in the sixth round, and it was a masterly piece of work. Very few fighters have taken a better licking or taken their licking better than Brennan did last night. In sixty-seven fights Brennan had not been knocked off his feet, and his record includes about forty knockouts. Dempsey had him down four times in the second round and twice in the sixth. That ought to be answer enough to the question, can Dempsey hit? Just once did Brennan's robust wallop net Dempsey for a punch that stung. Dempsey took that punch and came back fighting like a tiger. Brennan's vaunted defense crumpled like paper before Dempsey's attack and his deadly left hand could not find its mark. Dempsey punished the big Chicagoan in every round but one." (Warren Evening Times)
1918-02-14Fireman Jim Flynn54-22-16
Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 1:10
1918-02-04Carl Morris40-5-1
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWDQ610
referee: Dick Nugent
1918-01-24Homer Smith13-1-0
Racine, Wisconsin, USAWKO110
time: 1:15 | referee: Harry Stout
1917-11-02Carl Morris40-4-1
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS44
1917-10-02Gunboat Smith48-13-6
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS44
referee: Toby Irwin
Smith and Dempsey did not fight a 4-rounder on October 16, 1917, as was previously shown here. That entry was a duplicate of this one.
1917-09-26Bob McAllister12-2-5
Arena, Emeryville, California, USAWPTS44
"Jack Dempsey won handily from Bob McAllister last night at the Emeryville arena. It was a case of Dempsey being too strong for his opponent, outboxing and outfighting the former Olympic Club man." San Francisco Chronicle
1917-09-19Charley Miller21-19-13
Arena, Emeryville, California, USAWKO14
referee: Bob Shand
1917-09-07Willie Meehan68-12-30
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USADPTS44
1917-08-10Willie Meehan67-12-29
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USADPTS44
referee: Billy Snailham
1917-08-01Al Norton9-9-5
Arena, Emeryville, California, USAWKO14
1917-07-25Willie Meehan67-11-29
Arena, Emeryville, California, USAWPTS44
1917-04-11Al Norton9-8-4
West Oakland Club, Oakland, California, USADPTS44
1917-03-28Willie Meehan64-10-29
Arena, Emeryville, California, USALPTS44
referee: George Brown
1917-03-21Al Norton9-8-3
West Oakland Club, Oakland, California, USADPTS44
1917-02-13Fireman Jim Flynn53-22-16
Trocadero Hall, Murray, Utah, USALKO115
time: 0:25 | referee: Frank Armstrong
With Dempsey still bent over and walking toward Flynn, both forearms and gloves covering his face, Flynn rushed again. The Pueblo battler gave Dempsey's head a quick shove toward his right and sent a short right hand hook through Dempsey's guard and straight to the point of the chin. (Salt Lake Telegram)
1916-11-28Young Hector4-1-0
Salida, Colorado, USAWKO210
Reported in the Salida Mail.
1916-10-16Dick Gilbert16-18-6
Salt Lake Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWPTS1010
referee: Hardy K. Downing
1916-10-07Terry Kellar17-20-10
Bijo Hall, Ely, Nevada, USAWPTS1010
referee: C.W. Hicks
"Hairline decision" per Salt Lake Tribune 10-09-1916
1916-09-28Young Hector4-0-0
Murray Fire Hall, Murray, Utah, USAWRTD315
referee: Hardy K. Downing
Hector down once in the 2nd, and twice in the 3rd round.
1916-07-14John Lester Johnson12-3-0
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USADNWS1010
referee: Kid McPartland
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
Opinions as to the winner were divided. For instance, one report said that "Dempsey failed to live up to the reputation that he earned in Salt Lake city, and was an easy mark for the local boxer." But another said "Neither boxer was ever in danger, but at the finish Johnson was very tired from the heavy punishment he received in the mid-section and around the head." The weights mentioned varied from one newpaper to another, but the ones listed look most probable.

1916-07-08Bert Kenny5-3-0
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Telegram (Paul Zabala). Kenny was floored twice in the bout.
1916-06-24Andre Anderson5-4-1
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York newspapers (Jack Kincaid). According to Kincaid, Dempsey was not knocked down, as sometimes claimed.
1916-05-30Bob York0-1-1
Elko Theater, Price, Utah, USAWKO46
Advertised for Pacific Coast Lightheavyweight Title
1916-05-17Dan Ketchell
Provo, Utah, USAWTKO310
referee: Del Roberts
Salt Lake City Tribune
1916-05-03Terry Kellar17-18-10
Alhambra Theater, Ogden, Utah, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Painter
Billed for the World Light Heavyweight Title
1916-04-08Joe Bonds24-6-8
Bijo Hall, Ely, Nevada, USAWPTS1010
1916-03-17George Christian5-2-3
Eko Theater, Price, Utah, USAWKO115
1916-03-09Cyril Kohen
Mozart Theatre, Provo, Utah, USAWKO46
1916-02-23Boston Bearcat
Armory, Ogden, Utah, USAWKO14
A hard blow on the point of Bearcat's chin sent him to the floor for a nine count, he rose up groggily only to be put down again. (The Ogden Standard)
1916-02-21Jack Downey18-10-31
Manhattan A.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWKO24
"The only knockout of the night was scored by Jack Dempsey, a young and husky light-heavy, over Jack Downey, a seasoned veteran. The first round was a hummer, with honors about even. In the second Dempsey came up with a rush and carried Downey off his feet. A wicked stomache punch was the beginning of Downey's downfall. He staggered to the ropes and a hard right, flush to the jaw, finished the battle": The Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune.
1916-02-01Johnny Sudenberg5-7-11
Bijo Hall, Ely, Nevada, USAWKO210
Sudenberg fought as Swede Johnson.
1915-12-20Jack Gillian
Manhattan A.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWTKO14
referee: Hardy K. Downing
Gillian was knocked down, and the referee stopped the fight to save him.
1915-12-13Jack Downey17-10-30
Grand Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USADPTS44
referee: Hardy K. Downing
1915-11-19George Coplen0-1-0
Lyric Opera House, Cripple Creek, Colorado, USAWKO610
1915-10-23Andy Malloy4-6-6
Moose Hall, Montrose, Colorado, USAWKO310
1915-10-07Andy Malloy4-6-6
Gem Theater, Durango, Colorado, USAWNWS1010
Won by Dempsey according to Toby Smith, "Kid Blackie: Jack Dempsey's Colorado Days" Wayfinder Press, Ouray, Colorado, 1987. A copy of an advertising poster for this fight may be seen on page 114 of this book.
1915-08-01Fred Woods
Moose Hall, Montrose, Colorado, USAWKO4
1915-06-11Johnny Sudenberg5-7-10
Tonopah, Nevada, USADPTS1010
referee: Jack Minnick
Reported in the Tonopah Bonanza (see IBRO, March 1989). Occurred on June 11, not June 13, as previously shown. Dempsey knocked Sudenberg down six times but still only received a draw. 06/14/15 Nevada State Journal
1915-05-31Johnny Sudenberg5-7-9
Goldfield, Nevada, USADPTS66
During one of their two bouts together this year, Dempsey was floored nine times in the first round.
This fight was only a six rounder per Nevada State Journal.

1915-04-26Emmanuel Campbell
Jockey A.C., Reno, Nevada, USAWTKO44
referee: Roy Moore
1915-04-05Jack Downey15-9-30
Garrick Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USALPTS44
1915-04-01Chief Gordon
Utah, USAWKO6
1915-03-03John Pierson
Utah, USAWKO7
1915-02-26Laverne Collier1-0-1
Pocatello, Idaho, USADPTS44
1915-02-02Joe Lyons
Utah, USAWKO9
1915-01-01Jim Johnson
Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWKO1
1914-11-30Billy Murphy
Garrick Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWKO14
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