Jack Dempsey shadow boxes during a work out on the road in Toledo, July 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
Dempsey Training for Championship Bout! Jack Dempsey shadow boxes during a work out on the road in Toledo. He is now in the finest condition of his ring career. His trainers have decided to have him stop boxing for several days and place him in the ring in his present form on July 4th. Dempsey is sure of winning the heavyweight crown.
Jess Myron Willard (1881 – 1968) was an American world heavyweight boxing champion known as the Pottawatomie Giant, who knocked out Jack Johnson in April 1915 for the heavyweight title. He was known for his great strength and size for the time. Today he is also known for his controversial title loss to Jack Dempsey in 1919, in one of the most severe beatings ever in a championship bout. Shortly after the fight, rumors of foul play in Dempsey's corner began to spread. The rumors appeared to be confirmed years later. The January 13, 1964 issue of Sport's Illustrated contained an article titled, "He didn't know the gloves were loaded". In the article, Dempsey's manager, Jack Kearns, confessed to loading Dempsey's gloves with plaster of Paris disguised as talcum powder, without Dempsey's knowledge.
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