Gene Tunney vs. Jack Dempsey (2nd meeting)
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Jack Dempsey 192 lbs lost to Gene Tunney 190 lbs by UD in round 10 of 10
- Date: 1927-09-22
- Location: Soldiers Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Referee: Dave Barry
- Judge: George Lytton
- Judge: Sheldon Clark
- World Heavyweight Championship (1st defense by Tunney)
- Dempsey-Tunney II Gallery
- See also: Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney (1st meeting)
- A crowd of 104,943 produced a gate of $2,858,660.
- Dempsey's purse was $447,500, and Tunney's was $990,445. Tunney paid promoter Tex Rickard the difference in order to get a check for $1 million.
- Tunney opened as the betting favorite, but the odds were nearly even money by the day of the fight.
- Gangster Al Capone told newspaper reporters that he bet heavily on Dempsey. Capone made his bet after hearing that Davy Miller was going to referee the fight and that Miller's brother had wagered heavily on Dempsey. Thinking there might be a connection, Capone bet on Dempsey, too. Shortly before the fight, Illinois boxing officials, believing Miller might be in league with Capone, replaced him with Dave Barry.
- Racketeer Arnold Rothstein and former World Featherweight Champion Abe Attell allegedly offered Tunney $1 million to throw the fight.
- Less than a minute into the seventh round, Dempsey floored Tunney with a left hook. Dempsey reacted the way he always had: He remained as close to his fallen opponent as possible. But the Illinois State Athletic Commission rules stated that in the event of a knockdown, the fighter scoring the knockdown must go to the farthest neutral corner before the referee begins his count. Several seconds went by while the referee got Dempsey to go to a neutral corner. Tunney got up at the referee's count of nine and survived the round. Paul Beeler, the official time keeper, later said he was at 13 when Tunney got up. As a result, Tunney vs. Dempsey II became known as the "Long Count" fight.
- Dempsey was floored in the eighth round with a right. He immediately got up.
- Tunney won by a 10-round unanimous decision. The seventh round was the only round he lost.
- Dempsey insisted that Tunney had been down for 14 seconds. As a result, for some time after the match, derisive fans would taunt Barry whenever he refereed a fight by starting a unison count between rounds, going from one to 14.
- In early February of 1928, Rickard announced that Dempsey was retiring. In April, Dempsey said a muscle injury to his left eye influenced his decision to retire and insisted that he would not make a comeback—not even for $50 million dollars. "Money is no object to me now. I've got plenty," Dempsey said. He also said that his health was good. "I can still walk around and tell the time of day."
- Wikipedia: The Long Count Fight
- "This Day In History: Dempsey loses on long count" History.com
- "1927: Tunney vs. Dempsey" By Shirley L. Povich, Washington Post, September 22, 1927
- "Champion Knocked Down In Seventh, Rallies and Wins" By Damon Runyon, St. Petersburg Times, September 22, 1927
- "Dave Barry Under Ban for Working Unlicensed Match" Associated Press, February 8, 1928
- "Dempsey Won't Fight For 50 Million" Associated Press, April 11, 1928
- Tunney: Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey By Jack Cavanaugh, Random House, 2006