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Photos of Jack Dempsey
Born June 24, 1895, William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey was a nomadic traveler from 1911 to 1916, he began boxing in the small mining towns of Colorado using the name of "Kid Blackie." He emerged from numerous saloon floor-boxing matches to win a numerous victories in over 80 professional fights by the young age of 24. He was best known for his thrilling knockout victories, almost all were in seconds of when the fight started. A day of disbelief for Dempsey occurred on September 23, 1926 when he was defeated by Gene Tunney and lost his heavyweight title. He retired with an amazing record of 60-7-8. Fifty of these wins were knockouts. He was a universally accepted sports star. Jack Dempsey died May 31, 1983.