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On This day In Photos – September 23, 1927: The Battle Of The Long Count

ON This Day In Photos – September 23, 1927: The Battle Of The Long Count

Boxing world Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney fought Jack Dempsey (the Manassa Mauler) at Soldier Field in Chicago before 104,943 fans. This was a rematch. One year earlier, Tunney had beaten Dempsey by a ten round unanimous decision to take the world Heavyweight title. Dempsey was favourite to win both fights. He had successfully defended his crown five times before the bout with Tunney. The first fight turned when Tunney rocked Dempsey with a huge punch. As Dempsey later told to his wife Estelle:

“Honey, I just forgot to duck.”

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Posted: 22nd, September 2011 | In: Flashback | Comment