George LaBlanche vs. Jack Dempsey

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1889-08-27 : George LaBlanche 161 lbs beat Nonpareil Jack Dempsey 151 lbs by KO in round 32 of 0

  • Location: California A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
  • Referee: Hiram Cook

According to a report of this bout published many years later by the Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA, USA) on July 2, 1919: "Those who can hark back that far will recall that the original Jack Dempsey, the Nonpareil, was knocked out by La Blanche, the marine, who used the pivot blow. This blow is delivered by closing the eyes, turning rapidly on one heel and letting the right go at random. La Blanche was taking something of a beating from the Nonpariel when he retreated and went through the evolution. His flying fist caught Jack Dempsey flush on the jaw and the Nonpariel dropped to the mat and the count. After that the original Jack Dempsey dropped from sight. There is a very lugubrious poem written about his unmarked grave in Oregon. After reading the poem the New York boxing commission barred the pivot blow, partly out of respect to the memory of the Nonpariel, and partly to prevent another poem."