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Macon Telegraph


Gene Tunney Keeps Title
After Ten Round Fight
With Dempsey


Sends Opponent Down For Pro-
longed Count of Nine in
Seventh Round

Battle Ends With Manassa
Mauler Battered Groggy,
Cut and Bleeding

Associated Press Sports Editor
Sept. 22 (AP). - Gene Tunney, the
man of destiny, is still heavyweight
champion of the world, but his
crown was perilously close to being
toppled from his head tonight by the
gallant thrust of the old warrior,
Jack Dempsey, in the greatest box-
ing spectacle of all time.
_ Tunney's hand was raised in vic-
tory at the end of the slashing,
smashing battle, but only because of
the courage and fighting power for a
sensational finish after being knock-
ed down for a count of nine in the
seventh round by Dempsey's vicious
two-handed attack.
_ Only one second, in this seventh
round, separated Dempsey from the
greatest victory of his career and an
achievement no other ex-champion
had ever recorded, but Tunney, back
to his feet, slipped from range,
cleared his head and weathered as
stormy a session as he ever has ex-
_ Safely past that crisis, Tunney fin-
ished the last three rounds like a
champion, regaining confidence, tak-
ing the aggressive and beating
Dempsey into defeat with a two-
handed, well timed attack to the

_ _Champion Rallies at Close

_ With his title in danger, Tunney
had the stuff to put on a victorious
rally. At the close of the final
round, Dempsey, both eyes cut and
badly bleeding, was groggy and reel-
ing "out on his feet." So battered
was the old champion, his last
charge expended, that he did not
seem to know the battle was over
and had to be led to his corner.
_ Tunney's victory was not without
dispute, however, for there were
scores in the ringside section who
thought the champion was saved
from losing his crown in the seventh
round by a count that was actually
several seconds longer than the toll
of nine.
_ It was unquestionably a "long
count" - from 12 to 14 seconds in all,
to take the varying count of ring-
side observers said, but its explana-
tion lay in the fact that Illinois box-
ing rules compelled the fighter scor-
ing the knockdown to go to his cor-
ner before the count starts. The
time elapsing, during Dempsey's
backing off to a corner accounted
for the late start of the count, box-
ing commissioners said.

_ _Tunney Has Close Call

_ Tunney took the count with his
left hand holding the ropes. He was
groggy and in bad shape but fully
conscious of the count. Had it
started sooner he probably would
have been able to regain his feet
but he might have been wobblier
and an easier target. As it was he
had the advantage of the few sec-
onds and a chance to collect his
faculties and ward off Dempsey's
attack. The mightiest throng in
fight or sporting history, estimated
at 150,000 paid the record smashing
sum of $2,800,000 to see the spec-
tacular challenge of the old mauler
and to defeat, as convincingly if not
as decisively the man from whom
Gene took the crown a year ago
in the rain at Philadelphia.
_ Victory unquestionably went to
the better, the craftier boxer, the
faster and stronger fighter, but was
his only after the closest call he
ever has had.
_ The drama of Tunney's title de-
fense, stirring as was his decisive
finish was enacted principally in
that seventh round. For it was here
that the flashing old fighting spirit
of Dempsey, making his greatest
bid, came so close to accomplishing
the unprecedented.

_ _Tunney Starts Cautiously

_ Through the first half of the bat-
tle Tunney had boxed coolly and
cautiously, shooting only when he
saw his target and shooting accu-
rately while Dempsey, always going
in, found himself brought up time
after time by jolting rights to the
head or smart left jabs.
_ Once or twice, Jack had lashed
out with smashing body blows that
hurt the champion, but there was
little warning of what was impend-
ing when the former champion sud-
denly launched a vicious drive to
the head in the seventh round.. Per-
haps Tunney was off guard, for
his foe had aimed his attack pre-
viously at the body. But at any
rate, Dempsey connected solidly
with a series of staggering smashes.
_ A right hand to the jaw sent
Tunney back to the ropes sagging
at the knees. He was on his way
down when a left hook clipped and
completed the job.
_ Pandemonium was loose in the
vast arena. Men and women
screamed and Dempsey stood menac-
ingly over his fallen foe and then
moved to a corner.
_ Slowly, the time-keeper began his
count. It was inaudible even to those
in the first row of the ringside but
finally was made out by the form
of the time-keeper's mouth as he
took up the toll.

_ _Champion Quickly Revives

_ "Six, seven, eight, nine," it went
and there was a "ten" it seemed on
the timekeeper's lips as Gene slow-
ly crawled to his feet and backed
off, a dazed and surprised look in
his eyes. This was a new experience
for the champion. He had felt con-
fident of his defense, but it had
been pierced by the tigerish attack
of the old Dempsey.
_ About the ring Tunney circled,
dancing and dodging to avoid an-
other such punching. Dempsey fol-
lowed, slowly, sure of himself, but
seemingly puzzled as how to take up
the attack again.
_ "Come on and fight," Jack beck-
oned, stopping in his tracks and
dropping his gloves, as he looked dis-
dainfully at the retreating figure of
the champion. It would not have
been Dempsey's way and he did not
seem to understand it.
_ Finally Jack leaped in and lashed
Tunney about the head again, but
now the champion's head had
cleared. He was capable of taking
care of himself again. He tied up
the challenger in a clinch and the
bell saved him from further dam-
_ "Come on Jack," the crowd yelled
as Dempsey, bobbing and weaving,
came out of his corner for the eighth
round. Tunney, worked over fever-
ishly and freely administered to with
smelling salts between rounds, was
still cautious, wary against taking
a further taste of Dempsey's dyna-

_ _ Dempsey's Bolt Is Shot

_ But Dempsey, it seemed, had shot
his big bolt, made his main bid for
the title. The fact that it had failed
seemed to sap something of the fury
of his spirit. He seemed slower.
_ Regaining confidence, Tunney was
quick to seize the lead again. Be-
fore the round was half over, Gene
had opened a gash over jack's right
eye. Dempsey went to one knee,
partially by slipping and partly from
the effect of a right to the chin, but
he was up and back at his foe with-
out taking a count.
_ Tunney, the younger and stronger
of the two, kept up his finishing at-
tack in the ninth and tenth rounds,
frustrating any counter drive of con-
sequence by Dempsey and directing
an accurate, punishing fire to the
_ In the ninth, Dempsey's left eye
was severely cut. Blood streamed
down both sides of his face.
_ He was a gory figure, resembling
the beaten man now of a year ago.

_ _ Mauler Still Aggressive

_ Throughout the tenth, Tunney
slashed and ripped his foe. Dempsey
landed one more right, a hard smash
to the head that sent Tunney back
to his heels, but it was only the
wild lunge of a fighter whose big-
gest guns had been spiked.
_ Until the final bell separated them,
however, Dempsey kept plugging in.
His aggressiveness was gone, his
knees wobbled and his body sagged,
but he was a fighter to the finish.
But he was also as groggy a battler
as ever stood on his feet. Almost
blinded by the blood, the old cha-
pion stood swaying, in the center of
the ring as the referee parted them.
He did not know the fight was over.
He was trying to plunge in again
when he was stopped and turned to-
ward his corner.
_ Tunney's magnificent rally had
saved his crown and there was no
murmur of protest when the unani-
mous decision of the two judges and
the referee, Dave Barry, in his
favor, was announced by the lifting
of Gene's hand.
_ There was a sharp division of opin-
ion among ringside experts in scor-
ing the rounds. Some had the hon-
ors evenly divided but the majority
gave Tunney a decisive advantage.
On the Associated Press score sheet,
Tunney was given seven rounds and
Dempsey three, the third, sixth and
seventh. Through the first half of
the fight, the champion appeared to
pile up a substantial margin on
points, as he outboxed, outstepped
and outhit the bobbing, weaving
challenger. In the third Dempsey
uncorked his first flash of power,
staggering Tunney with a sweeping
right to the head, a variation from
an attack that had been chiefly con-
fined to the body before.

_ _ Tunney Changes Style

_ Tunney, casting aside his usual re-
straint. was often the aggressor as
he waded in to punch Dempsey
about the head with both fists, land-
ing an overhand right to the head
that repeatedly shook the former
_ In the fourth, Tunney staggered
Dempsey with one of those smashing
right handers, a blow that landed
with crushing effect and sent Jack
reeling back to a corner.
_ Dempsey put on another spurt in
the sixth, sending Tunney back with
long rights to the jaw that hurt the
_ Gene fought back, but he was cau-
tious as he sensed that Jack was
about to make his big bid. It did
not come until the seventh and it al-
most caused the champion's finish,
but it marked the end of Dempsey's
real threat.
_ Once or twice afterward jack look-
ed dangerous but the spark was
gone as he was a target for right
and left hook through the last three
_ Early in the tenth, as they mauled
together in the center of the ring,
Dempsey wrestled Tunney to the
floor. It was not a knockdown and
Tunney was quickly on his feet.
_ Dempsey's spirit was always will-
ing, the old fighting flame was not
extinguished altogether but it burned
only feebly at the end.

Round One

_ Dempsey missed a left lunge, fall-
ing into a clinch. Jack piled in again
with two left hooks to the ribs. In
the clinch that followed he clipped
Gene four times with a right on the
back of the head. They sparred
cautiously, Dempsey preferring to
feint for openings while Tunney lay
back. Gene snapped a left to Demp-
sey's chin and followed with a solid
right smash to the chin. Jack fell
into a clinch, taking another right
to the head as he came in. Jack
dropped a left on Tunney's body.
Jack backed away while the cham-
pion chased him across the ring
with a volley of left and right
hooks to the head close to the ropes.
Gene missed an overhand right as
the bell sounded.

Round Two

_ Dempsey was fighting cautiously,
apparently seeking to evade the dis-
astrous first rounds at Philadelphia
last fall. They came out boxing
again and Gene shot a left and
right to the chin. They were danc-
ing, boxing high. Gene dropped an
overhand right on Dempsey's chin,
after chasing him to a corner. An-
other right missed and Dempsey
smashed a left to the body and three
lefts to the chin before Tunney
could tie him up. Hands high, Jack
dodged away from a right. There
was little action as they sparred
carefully in the center. Tunney's
left was short, but Dempsey merely
fell into a clinch. Gene missed two
more lefts, while Jack clipped two
short left hooks to the body, as
Dempsey lunged low, Tunney missed
again but managed to catch him-
self and shot two lefts to Jack's
face, as the round ended.

Round Three

_ Again they boxed carefully, slow-
ly in the center of the ring. Demp-
sey apparently was trying to tan-
talize Tunney into leading and mak-
ing an open fight of it. Tunney
sneaked over a pretty left jab, but
took a half dozen raps on the back
of the neck. Gene took the offen-
sive, driving Dempsey into the ropes
where Jack tied him tight. As they
bobbed in the center, Tunney led,
and fell into Dempsey's straight
right smash to the body. Gene held,
while Jack clouted both hands to the
mid-section. A right smash to the
heart drove Tunney back. As they
fiddled about, Dempsey wove in
close again to cuff the back of
Tunney's head with his right and
left to the champion's rush.

Round Four

_ Dempsey took the offensive but
Tunney's right cracked on his chin.
Gene's left found the same mark.
While Dempsey rapped two lefts to
the body Gene complained that the
blows were foul and fought Jack
desperately as they fell against the
ropes. Gene missed with a right and
took another left to the body. Jack
was leading again now. Short lefts
to the body, while Tunney counted
just as lightly to the head. Tunney,
trying to nail Jack coming, missed
with both hands but saved himself
by falling into a clinch. Two right
smashes to the chin stung Dempsey.
Gene lifted two more left hooks to
the head and nailed Dempsey on
the ropes. A right sent Dempsey
reeling into the corner. A left hook
nearly floored him. As Dempsey lay
against the ropes, stunned, Tunney
missed with both hands and the bell
killed his opportunity.

Round Five

_ Dempsey's handlers worked furi-
ously on him during the intermis-
sion while Tunney's handlers yelled
that the stimulants were unfair.
Tunney missed a right and they fell
into a clinch. Jack fell in close,
pounding to the body, when Tun-
ney, overanxious, missed again.
Jack backed away now, falling into
the ropes as Tunney took to the at-
tack. When Jack tied him up they
sparred out to the center of the
ring. Dempsey bobbed out of three
left jabs. He sent Tunney's head
back with a stiff straight left. A
right high on the temple shook
Dempsey badly. The champion
backed away, however, content to
jab and wait. In another clinch,
Jack rapped again to the back of
Tunney's neck. Gene dug two nice
lefts into Dempsey's body at the

Round Six

_ They boxed carefully several sec-
onds, before coming together for a
flurry of body punches. The crowd
bellowed as Dempsey's right hand,
"old iron Mike," smashed under
Tunney's heart. But the champion
came back, ripping both hands to
the chin. Dempsey, tiring, fell into
a clinch after the blows. Bobbing in
through a stiff right, stiff left, Jack
turned the champion half way
around with a right hook to the
head. Tunney came back strong, but
two more left hooks and a straight
right stung the champion. Missing
a long left, Jack took a right under
the heart, as they fell again into a

Round Seven

_ Dempsey's handlers pleaded with
him to keep his chin down. As he
came out, bobbing, weaving under
Tunney's right, Jack slapped a
right to the ribs. A volley of right
and left hooks to the head floored
Tunney for the count of nine. Demp-
sey was on him like a wild cat as
Gene pedaled backwards around the
ring. Dempsey was in close with a
smashing body attack. Wobbly and
dazed, Tunney only could jump and
flounder backwards. Dempsey cor-
nered him at the ropes and smashed
a left and right to the body. Gene
came back weakly, jabbing a left
to the head. Dempsey laughed and
urged Gene to come in and fight.
Losing his temper, Jack smashed
Tunney with left and right swings
to the head. Gene, badly dazed,
grabbed Dempsey with both hands
and still was holding on fiercely at
the bell.

Round Eight

_ Dempsey came out in a crouch.
Apparently somewhat recovered,
Gene stabbed with his left and
clinched. As Tunney backpedaled
furiously, Dempsey made no effort
to catch him, merely walking after
him and taunting him to fight. Tun-
ney did fight, whipping a left and
right uppercut to Jack's chin. As
they missed rights, Dempsey lifted
his left to the jaw. In a clinch, Jack
again cuffed Tunney's head. A
smashing left to the body drove
Tunney back and a right to the
heart made him grab Jack. As
Dempsey dodged a right, he slipped
to one knee for no count. Taking
courage, Tunney flew at Dempsey,
pumping both hands to the head.
Again Tunney nailed Jack with both
hands to the chin as the former
champion bounded out of the ropes.
They were boxing cautiously, both
tired, waiting for openings as the
round ended.

Round Nine

_ Tunney's retreating tactics drew
booes from the crowd between
rounds. Jack grabbed the champion
and smashed him half a dozen times
an the back of the neck. They both
had slowed up from the fierce pace.
Tunney, standing in the center of
the ring, held Jack off for a few
moments with three straight left
jabs but jack bore right to close
quarters. Coming in, Gene's right
opened a cut over Dempsey's right
eye. The champion went after the
wound fiercely. Snapping out both
hands high to the head Jack tried
to bob, but two solid rights bounced
off his jaw. Dempsey was wobbly
but as he cocked his right, Gene
ran away. The champion came
back, however, and rocked Jack
again with swinging smashes to the
head. Dempsey came to his corner
a bit wobbly as the round ended.

Round Ten

_ They shook hands in the center of
the ring. Jack floored Tunney again
with a left right to the chin. Gene
was up before the timer could start
counting. Jack's right smashed into
Gene's head again and the water
from Jack's hair splashed over the
right side writers. Jack, the tiger
again, whaled in with both hands,
but Tunney tied him up in a clinch.
They paused, and as Dempsey
dropped his hands, Tunney whipped
a left and right hook into the attack,
ripping both hands to the head.
While Dempsey appeared to tire Gene
came into the attack. Gene laid him
on the ropes, but the champion's two-
handed attack was a bit wild. Demp-
sey dug several rights to the body.
Gene countered with a left. A badly
staggered Dempsey wobbled about
the ring as the bell sounded.
_ The former champion, still groggy,
sparred dizzily after the gong.

Capacity Crowd Listens to An-
nouncements of Bout


_ The largest - the most colorful - the
most enthusiastic, noisiest -
_ Those phrases are descriptive of
the throngs that jammed the new
city auditorium to capacity last night
to listen to the detailed returns that
were climaxed with the announce-
ment that Gene Tunney, heavyweight
champion of the world, retains his
title despite the ferocious onslaught
of his challenger and the man from
whom he wrested the title last Sep-
tember - Jack Dempsey.
_ Never has the spacious building of
which Macon is so justly proud, held
as noisy an audience. Not even were
the exciting Mercer basketball games
of last winter seen by such a crowd.


_ CHICAGO, Sept. 22 (AP). - Es-
telle Taylor Dempsey collapsed
in her suite at a fashionable
North Shore hotel tonight, Her-
ald Examiner says, after she
heard over a radio that her
husband had been defeated in
his comeback attempt against
Gene Tunney.


22 (AP) - A double wedding
ceremony was postponed here
tonight so that the principals
might listen in on the radio re-
ports of the Dempsey-Tunney
fight tonight.
_ Miss Minnie Cook was to have
married Marinas Koelwyn, and
her sister, Miss Anna Cook, was
to have been wedded to Arthur
Vanderhoof, at the Butler Meth-
odist Episcopal church this eve-
_ The four decided to postpone
the wedding until Saturday so
they would not miss the fight

The Macon Telegraph




SEPTEMBER 23, 1927

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