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



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September 15, 1923

NEW YORK TRIBUNE September 15, 1923

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

The top of the front page has a two column headline: "Firpo Knocked Out In 2d round After Flooring Dempsey" with subheads. More in the sport's section with a few related photos.(see) First report coverage on the fight in which Jack Dempsey was knocked out of the ring but came back to retain his title.
twenty pages, light toning, some margin wear with tiny tears and a little text loss, must be handled with care.

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.

Category: The 20th Century