Dempsey was quintessential 1920s figure
Sept. 22, 1927 - It was the most famous fight in the Golden Age of Sport. It was the night of the Long Count in Chicago. It was the fight when Jack Dempsey knocked Gene Tunney to the canvas for more than the 10 seconds required for a knockout, but lost the heavyweight championship fight.
Dempsey, the challenger seeking to regain his title in this rematch, had only himself to blame.
After Tunney hit the floor in the seventh round, and the timekeeper began his count, Dempsey ignored referee Dave Barry's attempt to get him to a neutral corner. Barry again pointed to the neutral corner, and only then did Dempsey leave his own corner and head across the ring. When Barry saw Dempsey in his proper place, he began the count. But instead of picking up the timekeeper's count of five, he called out, "One."
As Barry continued his count, a dazed Tunney raised his eyes from the floor and looked up at the ref. At nine, Tunney, holding the rope, pulled himself to his feet after being down for about 14 seconds. He survived the seventh round, and then knocked down Dempsey in the eighth. Badly battering Dempsey in the final rounds, he retained his title on a unanimous decision.
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