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Harry Wills

Harry Wills (Boxing.  Born, New Orleans, LA, May 15, 1889; died, New York, NY, Dec. 21, 1958.)  It could reasonably be argued that Harry Wills might have won the world heavyweight boxing champion had Jack Johnson not held the title from 1908-15.  Johnson so incited popular racist elements that boxing authorities vowed not to allow another black […]

Luis Firpo

Luis Firpo (Boxing.  Born, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 11, 1896; died, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug. 7, 1960.)  Though he fought only 35 bouts over a 16-year period, Luis Angel Firpo became a ring legend based on just one fight.  Known as “the Wild Bull of the Pampas”, Firpo took on Jack Dempsey in a heavyweight […]

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey (Boxing.  Born, Manassa, CO, June 24, 1894; died, New York, NY, May 31, 1983.)  One of the most celebrated heavyweight champions in boxing history, William Harrison Dempsey also fought less than most champions of his stature, making only six defenses of his title in his more than seven-year reign.  Dempsey won the championship […]

Bill Brennan

Bill Brennan (Boxing.  Born, Chicago, IL, June 23, 1893; died, New York, NY, June 15, 1924.)  One of the most popular heavyweights of his time, William James Brennan was the ring name of William Schenk.  Brennan was Jack Dempsey’s opponent when the reigning heavyweight champion made his only Madison Square Garden appearance Dec. 14, 1920.  Brennan […]

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