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1920-09-06 : Jack Dempsey 188 lbs beat Billy Miske 187 lbs by KO at 1:13 in round 3 of 10
- Location: Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
- Referee: Jimmy Dougherty
- Dempsey received $50,000 cash plus a share of the gate receipts.
- Miske received his guarantee of $25,000.
- Attendance was reported to be 11,346 with total receipts at $134,904 according to promoter Floyd Fitzsimmons.
- Miske was 3-2-3 going into this fight with only one win over a legit heavyweight, Bill Brennan, who had had only one win in his previous six fights. Harry Wills was, at this juncture, a clearly more deserving challenger.
- Miske fought this bout while suffering from Bright's Disease. To quote from the biography entitled Billy Miske: The St. Paul Thunderbolt: "A number of years later, in his autobiography, Dempsey would comment, "During the fight, I began to feel that Billy wasn't giving me as tough a battle as I had expected. He did not seem like his old self."
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- This was the first bout broadcast on radio.
- In a 1926 newpaper article, Jim Corbett discussed the 1920 Dempsey-Miske bout. To quote from the article: "Before Billy Miske was taken sick--back in the days when Billy really was good--he was a fast, clever man. And he went the distance twice with Dempsey. When Bill had slipped and had lost his speed, Dempsey fought him the third time--and knocked him out. But Jack wasn't fighting a fast, clever man that day."
- 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 the only time in over 100 bouts that Miske was knocked out. To quote boxing historian Eric Jorgensen from the FOX Sports biopic Billy Miske: Dead Man Fighting: "Any way you look at heart, toughness and determination--sheer guts--he (Miske) definitely had it. The fact that it took a Jack Dempsey to knock him out--that tells you what a tough guy he was."
- New York Times, September 6, 1920 
- New York Times, September 7, 1920 
- First Defense: KO of a Friend, by Jack Dempsey