On September 6, 1920, in
front of 11,346 boxing fans, oJack Dempsey, 188, fought Billy Miske,
187, at the Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Dempsey
won this fight by a third round KO [1:13] over Miske. The two were
fighting for a world heavyweight title. It has been reported on the net
that this fight was actually a no-decision fight. According to the news
media, Dempsey received $50,000 cash plus a share of the gate receipts,
and Miske was paid $25,000. Tidbit of trivia. Billy Miske
died at the age of 29, of Brights disease. He fought just about a
month before succumbing to the disease to make $2,400 to have a last
Christmas with his wife and three children. Miske fought
Dempsey three times throughout his pro boxing career.
Harry "The Human Windmill"
Greb vs. Mickey "The Toy Bulldog" Walker The Polo Grounds, New York
City, N.Y. - July 2, 1925
There have been many distinctive fights in boxing history. They have
impacted generations of fans for years and propelled the sport above all
others. You have the fights which are standard, and anyone who is a
follower of boxing or a die-hard enthusiast knows about.
Boxing Ring Makes it's
Debut in 1925 at Madison Square Garden!
A sad day for boxing folks to find out that the boxing
ring, at the Madison Square Garden, in New York, will officially retire
after 82 years of service. Many boxing greats have fought in this ring.
According to the local news media, the ring will be placed at the museum
of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
JACK DEMPSEY VS. GENE
September 23, 1926
Gene Tunney, 28, 184 lbs., finally got his opportunity to fight
Jack Dempsey, 31, 193 lbs. The long-awaited fight
took place in front of 120,757 boxing fans, at the then-new
Sesquicentennial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The crowd paid a whopping $1,895,733.
Dempsey received about $600,000 and Tunney $200,000. Tunney
won a 10-round
TUNNEY AND DEMPSEY
REMATCH! On September 22, 1927, at the Soldier
Chicago, before 104,943 fans. Tunney and Dempsey had a rematch where
50 seconds in the seventh round, Dempsey threw a series of
combinations that landed Tunney on the canvas. Unfortunately
Dempsey took over Tunney, which delayed the ref in beginning the
eight count. Finally when Dempsey was pointed to go to the
neutral corner, the ref counted and gave Tunney valuable seconds to
recover. Tunney did recover and ultimately defeated
Dempsey. Even though the demand was there for a rubber match,
Dempsey did not fight Tunney again.
TUNNEY FIGHTS HEENEY On July 26, 1928,was the
first heavyweight title fight to take place at the Yankee Stadium,
between Gene Tunney the title holder, and Tom Heeney.
Tunney stopped Heeney in the 11th round, in front of 45, 000 boxing
fans......Tunney retired after this fight...
TUNNEY ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT July 31, 1928 - Gene Tunney
announced his retirement, the title was declared vacant.
News article - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Rock Has World Beat for Courage, Says Gene..by Gene Tunney - July 27, 1928
New York, July 26--I have never fought a more courageous fighter than Tom
Heeney. He takes everything. He never did stop plunging even though I hit
him under the heart again and again.The fight came out about the way I had it figured but I will say that if
courage would have turned the trick Tom would be fighting even yet.
Many of the spectators may have thought that some of the blows Tom struck
me early in the fight really rocked me but at no time during the entire
eleven rounds did I feel them. All I can say is that Tom Heeney has the world beat for courage.- The End -Supplied by Bill
12-Time Dutch Boxing Champ Ben Bril!
Ben Bril, at the age of 15, was a 12-time Dutch boxing champion who
competed in the 1928 Olympics. Bril won the first of his Dutch
championships in 1928 and finished fifth in the flyweight class in the
Amsterdam Olympics that same year. According to news sources, Bril
was barred from the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 by the Dutch
Olympic committee because the secretary was a member of the Dutch Nazi
party, and Bril boycotted the 1936 Games in Berlin. He was deported
to Germany during the occupation of the Netherlands during World War II,
and he and his wife survived the concentration camp at Bergen Belsen.
Bril was also a referee after the war, and oversaw Olympic matches of Joe
Frazier, George Foreman, Teofilo Stevenson, among others. Bril died
at the age of 91 years old on September 11, 2003, at the Beth Shalom
retirement home in Amsterdam.
1928 -Young Corbett III
Tommy Rawson: National amateur junior
lightweight championship in 1929!
(SEPT 19, 2003) Tommy Rawson, a
former boxer, state commissioner and coach who worked for decades to
promote safety in the ring, died at 94. Rawson, a third-generation
fighter, won the national amateur junior lightweight championship in 1929
and was professional lightweight champ of New England in 1936. He coached
boxing at Harvard for decades, stopping only after he was in his 90s.
Rawson, a building contractor, was a member of the State Boxing Commission
for more than 20 years until he stepped down in 1993. He refereed for more
than 30 years. (Source: AP)
Ross Turns Pro 1929
Barney Ross [aka: Beryl David Rosofsky],
72-4-3, began boxing professionally in 1929----He was 20 years old.
In June of 1933, he won both a world title belt by beating Tony
Canzoneri. In 1934, he defeated Jimmy McLarnin, by a split for a
welterweight title. He then lost the same belt to McLarnin, and
regained it in 1935. Ross then lost the belt to Henry Armstrong in
1938. Ross died in 1967.
Boxing: RSR Looks Back at
the Legendary "Kid Chocolate" By George Diaz Smith
Before the 1917 Russian and 1959 Cuban
Social Revolutions of the 20th Century, a much earlier period transpired
for uniformly extending friendly U.S. relations abroad in Cuba. It
wasn't just the increasing sugar cane industrial industries here that
brought two equally balanced Western Hemispheres more together, though
that was the byproduct of business for the day much like cotton was
picked in the Deep South.