..:: the good ol' days ::..

"Dempsey versus Firpo took place on September 14, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York city. Dempsey had been champion since 1919, and Firpo was one of the top heavyweights of the world, nicknamed "El Toro de las Pampas" ("The Wild Bull of the Pampas"). 80,000 fans paid to see the fight live.

Firpo displayed his power immediately, when he dropped Dempsey with a right hand at the start of the first round. Dempsey landed on one knee, then quickly recuperated. Dempsey then rushed onto his rival and proceeded to drop Firpo seven times before the round was over. There was no "three knockdown" rule, and Dempsey was permitted to stand over the fallen fighter and immediately knock him down again, as there was yet no rule about going to a neutral corner.

Towards the end of the first round, Firpo struck again. Trapping Dempsey against the ropes, he struck with another right to Dempsey's chin. Dempsey went out of the ring, and a photographer caught him as his legs pointed upwards. Dempsey was hit by a ringside writing machine during this fall, and he suffered a severe cut to the back of his head. He was helped back into the ring by the writers at ringside just in time; the referee had reached the count of nine when Dempsey was back on his feet. However, the referee had counted the seconds incredibly slow when Dempsey fell. People outside the ring with stop watches had counted fourteen seconds when Dempsey had finally stood up again. This slow count, plus the fact that Dempsey did not return to the ring under his own power, led many to claim that Firpo ought to have won by knockout.

After that scare, Dempsey recuperated, dropping Firpo three times in the second round, before the fight was stopped at the fifty-seven second mark of that round, with Dempsey declared winner by second round knockout". –Wikipedia

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