Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier

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1921-07-02 : Jack Dempsey 188 lbs beat Georges Carpentier 172 lbs by KO in round 4 of 12

  • Location: Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
  • Referee: Harry Ertle


  • Carpentier trained at Manhasset, Long Island; Dempsey in Atlantic City. In April 1921, Carpentier wired Joe Jeannette, asking him to be his chief trainer and advisor.
  • This was the first fight to gross more that $1 million at the gate ($1,789,238).
  • Attendance: 80,183.
  • First world championship bout to be broadcast on radio. Ringside commentators: Major Andrew White & J.O. Smith.
  • 8-ounce gloves were used, and a 20-foot ring
  • This was the first fight sanctioned by the new National Boxing Association (NBA). (The NBA would change its name to the World Boxing Association (WBA) in 1962.)
  • In November of 1919 promoter Dominick Tortorich announced he had signed Dempsey to a contract to fight England's Joe Beckett 20 rounds on March 17th, 1920 at New Orleans--dependent on Beckett's showing against Frenchman Georges Carpentier that December.
  • In April 1921, Carpentier had predicted that whoever won the fight, he did not think the battle would last more than four rounds.
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