Jack Dempsey | Happy to Meet with Craig Wigley | Talkin Fight
EPISODE: Episode 5
William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey was an American boxer, who was born in Manassa, Colorado on June 24th, 1895. His family was poor and moved around quite often so his father could find work. Dempsey dropped out of elementary school to help support the family and, by the age of 16, had left home. To earn money he went to bars and saloons challenging people to fights. He walked in stating “I can’t sing and I can’t dance, but I can lick any SOB in the house.” Eventually nicknamed Kid Blackie, and then The Manassa Mauler, Dempsey competed as a boxer from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. He was popular and in fact considered a cultural icon, appearing on the cover of Time Magazine in 1923, and many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate. In tribute to his legacy and boxing career, a 2004 PBS documentary summarized “Dempsey’s boxing style consisted of constantly bobbing and weaving. His attacks were furious and sustained. Behind it all was rage. His aggressive behavior prompted a rule that boxers had to retreat to a neutral corner and give opponents who had been knocked down a chance to get up.” After retiring, he was considered both an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. On May 31, 1983, Dempsey died in New York City of heart failure at the age of 87.
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My name is craig and in this episode we are remembering jack dempsey born in colorado.
In 1895, william harrison dempsey grew up in a poor family that moved around a lot for his dad to be able to find work.
He ended up leaving home at an early age of 16 to earn money, jack dempsey would go to bars and salons challenging people to fight of which he lost very few, so he made some good money at it.
It was shortly after that he became a professional boxer in 1919, five years after becoming known as jack dempsey or the menace mauler, which was named after his hometown manasseh colorado.
He found himself in the ring with the world heavyweight champion.
Jess willard dempsey won the fight and was named the new world heavyweight champion.
However, this title was much disputed and controversy arose that dempsey was packing a secret weapon in his boxing gloves.
This coming to late after several of his opponents were suffering injuries that just were deemed too severe to be inflicted by a human hand, so dempsey was accused of having a railroad spike stashed in his glove.
He went on to defend his world title champion for five.
More bouts until 1926, when he lost his title to gene tunney and for in back in that year 1926.
This particular fight against gene tiny had the largest attendance for a sporting vent event in history, outside of racing and soccer, of course, but other than that, and with respect to boxing the largest attendant in a sporting event in history.
To that point, in 1926.
he uh dempsey, challenged um tony again a year later uh, but this one he was defeated and now that would be the last of his major fight career right there.
But he did continue to box through the 30s and 40s in various exhibition matches along came world war ii uh, and he had served as a lieutenant commander in the coast.
Guard um other accomplishments through his life, were becoming a successful restaurateur with his opening of jax dempsey’s restaurants in new york city, everybody’s heard of jack, dempsey’s restaurants, and he also published several books on boxing and he appeared in several films, including 1933’s, the prize fighter and The lady and then in 1935, he was in the film sweet surrender known for his ruthless violence in the ring and his equally known for his warmth and kindness and generosity outside of the ring.
Dempsey was inducted into the boxing hall of fame in 1954 and is ranked among the top 10 greatest boxers of all time, jack.
The manasseh mauler dempsey, ranked second only to babe ruth among the great american sports icons of the 20s.
Unfortunately, jack dempsey passed away from heart failure on may 31st 1983, and this is just a small glimpse into the life of jack dempsey, make sure to check out more videos at talkandfight.
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