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Jack Dempsey Vs Jess Willard This is the last half of the first round of Jack Dempsey's title-winning effort against huge world heavyweight champion Jess Willard. The date was July 4, 1919. The site was Toledo, Ohio. Watch as Dempsey lands a perfect left hook that sends Willard crumbling to the canvas. The brave champ rises and gets knocked down six more times before he's saved by the bell. (There was no neutral-corner rule or mandatory eight count in 1919.) Incredibly, Willard survived two more punishing rounds--without being knocked down again--before quitting in his corner at the end of the third round. Men were men back in those days!
Tags: Jack  Dempsey  Jess  WIllard 
Added: 1st December 2007
Views: 1968
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-12-01 
From that angle it's difficult to tell the size of both men. At the time of this fight, Dempsey was 24,6'1, and weighed in at 180 lbs, while Willard, who was 13 yrs his elder, was 6'6, and weighed 245 lbs. Willard suffered a
caved-in cheekbone, broken jaw, teeth knocked out, broken nose, broken ribs, lost hearing in 1 ear, eyes swollen shut, multiple contusions, cuts, and abrasions.

If I was a man, I could not imagine having another person beat me to a pulp, for any amount of money or fame. The pain alone would kill me!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-01 
Wow, Naomi! I'm impressed with your research! Willard's height was listed as being anywhere from 6'5 to 6'7. He was the 9-5 betting favorite going into the fight. Willard was paid $100,000 for the contest--a staggering sum in 1919 when you consider the average American worker earned less than $10 a week. Legend has it that when Willard quit after round three he was heard mumbling to himself, 'I have $100,000 and a farm in Kansas.
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