In the Ring With Jack Dempsey - Part I: The Making of a Champion

In the Ring With Jack Dempsey - Part I: The Making of a Champion

by Adam J Pollack


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In the Ring With Jack Dempsey – Part I: The Making of a Champion, by Adam J. Pollack is the most thorough and detailed book ever written about former world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. This book (the first of two) chronicles Dempsey’s life and career from its start up to his winning the world heavyweight championship, fight by fight, as told by those who saw the contests and reported on them at the time, utilizing multiple local next-day newspaper reports. This includes training, predictions, pre-fight hype, and discussions about the opponents.

As with other books in the In the Ring series, this book also discusses the context of the times, the color line and race in boxing and society (offering the perspectives of both white and black-owned newspapers), World War I, Dempsey's personal and managerial choices, and how these topics affected the sport and Dempsey’s life and career. Even new facts about the controversial Jim Flynn fight are revealed. Boxing fans will obtain knowledge and insight into Jack Dempsey like never before.

560 pages, with over 550 rare photos, illustrations, cartoons, and fight advertisements.

Adam J. Pollack’s In the Ring With series on the heavyweight champions of the gloved era also includes books on John L. Sullivan, James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, James J. Jeffries, Marvin Hart, Tommy Burns, and Jack Johnson.

Adam J. Pollack is a boxing referee, judge, and member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He also is an attorney practicing law in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949783018
Publisher: Win by Ko Publications
Publication date: 09/18/2020
Pages: 562
Sales rank: 875,909
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents


A Poor But Hard-Working Lad

A Career Begins

On the Road Again

Improvement and Intermountain Region Recognition

New York Tests

Home Zone Again

A Turn For the Worst

West Coast Warrior

West Coast Warrior Part II: Relationships End and a New One Begins

West Coast Warrior Part III: The Start of Real Recognition

Nationally Recognized Contender

A Near Fight

The Next Best

Establishing Dominance

Number One

Needing a Man Who Can Take It

A Glitch at the Benefit

Dominance Re-Affirmed

The Color Line in a New Era


Sullivan-Style Exhibitions

Championship Preparation

The Heavyweight Championship



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