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Jack Dempsey last title defense... vs. Argentinan Luis Angel Firpo...



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September 15, 1923

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 15, 1923

* Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Angel Firpo
* Heavyweight boxing title fight
* Famous knockout through the ropes

The front page has a three column headline announcing: "DEMPSEY WHIPS FIRPO IN SECOND ROUND OF FIERCEST OF HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLES; 90,000 IN POLOGROUNDS, 25,000 RIOT OUTSIDE" with subheads. (see) First report coverage on the fight in which Jack Dempsey was knocked out of the ring but came back to retain his title. Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 32 pages, light toning, some spine wear, otherwise generally good.

wikipedia notes: The last successful title defense for Dempsey was in September 1923 at New York's Polo Grounds. His opponent in the fight was the huge, powerful, yet limited contender Luis Angel Firpo, from Argentina. Attendance was 85,000, with another 20,000 trying to get inside the arena. Dempsey won via a 2nd-round KO, but it was an exciting battle. Firpo was knocked down repeatedly yet continued to battle back, even knocking Dempsey down twice. The second time Dempsey was floored he went sailing head first through the ring ropes, landing on a reporter's typewriter, and taking several more seconds than the ten stipulated by the rules. This scene is one of the most memorable in sports history. (This fight was so important that it was transmitted live to Buenos Aires by radio, and people gathered in the streets to listen to it through primitive amplifiers.

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