By: Spencer Fleury 7th hour
The Biography of Jack Dempsey
Jack Dempsey was born on June 24, 1895. He grew up in the Mormon based village of Manassa, Colorado. I was first taught how to box by my brother, Bernie when I was a young boy and also worked on the farm as a helper. He also worked as a miner and cowboy. Bernie gave him the idea that if he truly wanted to be a great boxer that he had to soak my face in brine to toughen his skin and chew pine tar to strengthen his jaw. He was a worker on the farm before he started boxing and dropped out of school in 8th grade to work as a farmer full time. He thought he was eventually good enough to drop farming and do boxing full time because he thought it would pay more. In his first match, he faced a man with the nickname,”One punch Hancock” and he knocked him out in one punch and the owner was so mad that he made him box another match until he was paid. Hardy Downey arranged his fights and his boxing nickname was, “Kid Blackie.” Soon after his brother grew ill, so he offered to take his place and won and that led to him going to San Fransisco to fight bigger fights and get paid bigger bucks! His other memorable fight was when he beat Jess Willard on July 4, 1919.
His Amazing Impact on the 1920's!
Jack Dempsey challenged Gene Tunney for the heavyweight championship and after being defeated and barely being able to walk was able to, with the help of his trainer was able to shake his hand.
Not many people know this but before Jack Dempsey was a boxer, he was a Farmer and considered doing that for the rest of his life.
Toughen your Jaw!
His brother made him chew pine tar gum to strengthen his jaw when he first started boxing.