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Monday, July 9, 2012

Jack Dempsey fought in New Haven in 1919

In the months before he would become the most famous boxer in the world, Jack Dempsey embarked on a training tour through some of the most prominent boxing cities in the country.

The final stop on the excursion was the original New Haven Arena.

The year was 1919. Dempsey, at 23, had established himself as the main challenger to heavyweight champ Jess Willard. In preparation for that bout, Dempsey had five sanctioned fights between January and March, all first-round knockouts.

He arrived in New Haven on April 1 to take on native heavyweight Tony Drake.

Read Chip Malafronte's compete story.

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Blogger THUY STRONG said...

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September 9, 2015 at 7:58 PM 

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