US boxer and world heavyweight champion (1919–26).
The son of an Irishman, Jack Dempsey came from Manassa, Colorado, and struggled for recognition for some years before being successfully managed by Jack ‘Doc’ Kearns. Dempsey's aggressive style brought him rapid progress and popularity and he became known universally as the ‘Manassa Mauler’. He won the world title in 1919 by beating Jess Willard in three rounds. Dempsey attracted huge crowds to his fights and his third defence of the title, against Georges Carpentier in 1921, produced boxing's first million-dollar gate. Dempsey finally lost the title in 1926 to Gene Tunney on points.
After retiring from the ring he became a boxing referee and for some years he ran a famous restaurant opposite Madison Square Gardens, New York.
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