Jack Dempsey

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Jack Dempsey (June 24, 1895May 31, 1983) was an American boxer who held the world heavyweight title between 1919 and 1926. Known as "The Manassa Mauler," Dempsey was a tremendous puncher famous for his exciting fights, many of which set financial and attendance records.

Dempsey and Carpentier in the arena before they fight


  • A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
    • Dempsey's definition of a champion. [[1]]
  • Honey, I just forgot to duck.
    • To his wife on losing the world heavyweight title (September 23, 1926) - quoted by Ronald Reagan in 1981
  • Nobody has to go hungry today. There is plenty of work for a man who wants to work. A kid can make plenty of dough for himself doing almost anything. I was hungry. I had to fight my way along. Freights and the like, fight, fight all the time. The life was tough, but it hardened you.
  • When I was a young fellow I was knocked down plenty. I wanted to stay down, but I couldn’t. I had to collect the two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had to get up. I was one of those hungry fighters. You could have hit me on the chin with a sledgehammer for five dollars. When you haven’t eaten for two days you’ll understand.

"Tall men come down to my height when I hit 'em in the body." "I was afraid he was going to kill me. I wasn't just fighting for the championship. I was fighting for my life." -- Jack Dempsey on Jess Willard

"Tell him he can have my title, but I want it back in the morning."

About Jack Dempsey[edit]

Jack Dempsey holding his wife, Estelle Taylor, on his shoulder
  • He should’ve been the only heavyweight anybody ever thought of when they thought about the greatest heavyweight champion. I mean he had everything. He could punch, he could box. He was mean and determined.
    • Trainer Ray Arcel[[2]]
  • There's no place for pity in the ring. Many fighters can't bear to hammer a helpless opponent in the ring. They don't want to hurt him. But look at Dempsey he was probably the greatest rough and tumble fighter who ever lived.
    • Dan Morgan, fight manager[[3]]

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