By: Spencer Black
As he grew up, he became a prominent boxer due mainly to his hard work and will to win. (He started out with the nickname "kid blackie.") Throughout his career, he won 66 bouts consisting of 51 TKO's (technical knockouts), 14 decisions, and 1 disqualification. He tied in 11 bouts, and only lost 6 fights (1 knockout, but he went on to later knockout the only person who ever knocked him out). He appeared in 7 world title fights and won all but the last 2, and some of those included some major controversies. (Later on in his boxing career others nicknamed him "Manassa Mauler.")
After retirement, following his second title loss, Dempsey entered WWII. During his service, he was stationed a commander on the USS Wakefield and helped in the invasion of Okinawa. While on the ship, he taught his crew members various sparring techniques, so that if they ever came in hand to hand combat they'd be prepared.
Later on his life, he went on to write a biography titled Dempsey. Shortly after he had written his biography, it had been reported that two young people had tried to mug him. He had said that they had gone for his arms, and after breaking free, he promptly knocked them both out cold.
Jack Dempsey died May 31, 1983 at the age of 87 due to heart failure. Reportedly, his last words to his wife were, "Don't worry honey, I'm too mean to die."
Before his death, Dempsey was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. After his death, in 2011, he was inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame.
Jack's Impact on the 20's
This is a picture of Dempsey standing in his corner of the ring in one of his numerous bouts.
This picture illustrated Dempsey's fame. He had streets named after him, his own restaurant, and was widely known throughout the US and even other parts of the world. He also wrote a few books about fighting and wrote his autobiography. Today, experts still say that he's one of the top 10 greatest boxers of all time.
While Dempsey seemed very mean and full of rage in the ring, he has been described as being nice out of the ring. He ended up being best friends with some of his opponents over the years.