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



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September 14, 1923

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, September 14, 1923

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


The top of the front page has two column heading: "85,000 to See Dempsey-Firpo Fight To-night for a Fortune; Champion Is 3 to 1 Favorite" with subheads. Much more in the sport's section with nice illustration of the fighters. (see) Coverage on the upcoming fight in which Jack Dempsey would defend his heavyweight boxing title.
Complete with 22 pages, light toning and some wear with a few small tears, 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.

Category: The 20th Century