In this lil ole Sportsphile Chiweenie’s opinion…..Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano were the only super great heavyweight champions in the era of boxing from 1922 to 1964. The Manassa Mauler was a dominating boxer who to the action to his opponent in virtually every fight. William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983)….was also known as “Kid Blackie” and “The Manassa Mauler“….who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Title from 1919 to 1926….always aggressive with exceptional punching power….which made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records….including the first million-dollar gate. Dempsey is listed at #10 on The Ring’s list of all-time heavyweights….along with #7 among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers….while the 1950 Associated Press voted Dempsey as the greatest fighter of the prior 50 years…..who is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame….being inducted into The Ring magazine’s Boxing Hall of Fame in 1951.
This video provides wonderful insight into the life of a true American hero….a man whose life after boxing was spent giving his time and his money. To my way of thinking….Jack Dempsey was the quintessential image of this era from 1922 to 1964….kinda the Muhammad Ali of the golden age of boxing from 1964 to 1995.