When boxer Jack Dempsey wanted to back out of a fight due to his age and his opponents skill, his younger brother took the fight under the same stage name and went on to become the legendary boxer Jack Dempsey.
This article is about the 20th-century boxing champion. For the 19th-century boxing champion, see Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey. For other uses, see Jack Dempsey (disambiguation).
William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed Kid Blackie, and The Manassa Mauler, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. A cultural icon of the 1920s, Dempsey’s aggressive fighting 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 pioneered the live broadcast of sporting events in general, and boxing matches… Continue Reading (22 minute read)