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Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons at Shelby, Montana...



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July 5, 1923

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 5, 1923

* Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons
* Heavyweight boxing title fight
* Shelby, Montana financial flop


The top of the front page has a three column headline announcing: "DEMPSEY WINS AFTER FULL 15 ROUNDS; SURPRISING SHOWING MADE BY GIBBONS; $116,000 IS LOST BY SHELBY PROMOTERS" with subheads. (see) Lengthy text continues on page 2 with round by round description. 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 aftermath was worse than the fight for Shelby: a large arena, the size of a football field, had been built. Since most of Shelby's residents and those of nearby cities could not afford ticket prices set so that the city could come up with the money guaranteed to the participants, only 7,702 paying fans showed up, making the fight one of the biggest economical disasters in boxing history. An estimated 13,000 people got to see the fight free. Four banks in Shelby went bankrupt in the months following the fight. The town's dreams of prosperity went away with them.

Category: The 20th Century

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