Gene Tunney vs Jack Dempsey II
The “Long Count Fight” or “Battle of the Long Count” was a 10-round rematch between the world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney and former champion Jack Dempsey, which Tunney won unanimously. The fight took place on 22 September 1927 at Soldier Field in Chicago in front of 104,943 spectators. The fight is called “Long Count” because the referee’s count was delayed after a seventh round knockdown because Dempsey initially did not go into a neutral corner.
Only 364 days earlier, on 23 September 1926, Tunney had defeated Dempsey in Philadelphia in front of 120,557 spectators by unanimous decision in ten rounds and had taken the heavyweight world championship title from him.
Gene Tunney (1897 – 1978) was an American heavyweight boxer and world champion from 1926 to 1928. His record was 65 wins in 68 fights with 1 loss and 1 draw. Gene Tunney was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Jack Dempsey (1895 – 1983) was an American heavyweight boxer and world champion from 1922 to 1926. His record was 54 wins in 68 fights with 6 losses and 8 draws. Jack Dempsey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Tunney vs. Dempsey II
Colored pencil with watercolor on paper
approx. 15″ x 18″