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Jack Kearns

Jack Kearns (Boxing.  Born, Waterloo, MI, July 17, 1883; died, Miami Beach, FL, June 17, 1963.)  One of the celebrated characters of boxing for decades, Jack Kearns (born John Leo McKernan) managed six world champions.  Kearns managed heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey for eight years (1917-25) and combined with Tex Rickard to promote Dempsey into a million-dollar gate attraction, the first in boxing history.  Kearns stopped managing Dempsey before the latter lost his title, and Kearns went on to handle several other boxing greats, including light heavyweight king Archie Moore .  Perhaps his greatest fighter was lightweight champion Benny Leonard.  Among his other title-holders were Mickey Walker and Joey Maxim.

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