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Dempsey vs. Tunney...

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September 22, 1926

TAUNTON DAILY GAZETTE, Massachusetts, September 22, 1926

* Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney
* World Heavyweight boxing championship
* Pre fight news

This 14 page newspaper has two column headlines on the front page that include: "DEMPSEY AND TUNNEY BOTH RESTING TODAY" and more. (see) Other news of the day. Usual browning with little margin wear, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.

source: wikipedia: James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was the heavyweight boxing champion from 1926-1928 who defeated Jack Dempsey twice, first in 1926 and then in 1927. Tunney's successful title defense against Dempsey is one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight. Tunney retired as a heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928.

Tunney, who in World War I served in the U.S. Marines, had only one loss in his entire professional career — a 10 round unanimous decision to Harry Greb for the American Light Heavyweight title, a defeat that he later avenged in four more fights against Greb. He was regarded as an extremely skillful boxer who excelled in defense.

In addition to beating Dempsey, the most famous fighter of his era, Tunney defeated Tommy Loughran, Tommy Gibbons, Georges Carpentier, and many other fine boxers.

Tunney also had a brief acting career, starring in the movie The Fighting Marine in 1926. Unfortunately, no prints of this film are known to exist.

He was elected as Ring Magazine's first-ever Fighter of the Year in 1928 and later elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980, the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, and the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Category: The 20th Century