Jack Dempsey,”The Manassa Mauler”,World Heavyweight Champion (1919 – 1926);Rare Footage
William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey a.k.a “The Manassa Mauler” (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was born in Manassa, Colorado; he grew up in Colorado, West Virginia and Utah, in a poor family of mixed ancestry. His father, Hiram Dempsey, was of Irish, Cherokee descent and his mother, Mary Celia (née Smoot), was also of Irish and Cherokee descent.
Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926. Dempsey’s aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million dollar gate. He is listed #10 on The Ring’s list of all-time heavyweights and #7 among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers. In 1950, the Associated Press voted Dempsey as the greatest fighter of the past 50 years
Jack could box or punch and came into the ring ready to rumble; during his career, he won the Heavyweight Championship of the World. He was a two-handed fighter who hit hard with both fists; He hit with combinations and possessed an extremely hard left hook; He moved well, left-right, in-out, bobbing and weaving; He was quick, rough, tough and powerful; In addition, he was game and cool under pressure and fought whatever style was needed to win; Deep inside himself, he carried a vicious “killer-instinct”
Watch the rare footage of the “Massacre in the Sun”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VawHgrLvbD4 (The World Heavyweight Champion Fight in 1919: Jack Dempsey against World Champion Jess Willard, that took place in Toledo, Ohio (July 4, 1919) for the world title. Many called the fight a modern David and Goliath. In the event Willard was knocked down seven times — all in the first round. Jack won the title. Injuries for Willard: Caved-in cheekbone, broken jaw, teeth knocked out, broken nose, broken ribs, lost hearing in 1 ear, eyes swollen shut, multiple contusions, cuts, and abrasions).
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