|Real name||James Joseph Tunney|
|Nickname(s)||The Fighting Marine|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Born||May 25, 1897|
New York City, U.S.
|Died||November 7, 1978 81) (aged|
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
|Wins by KO||49|
James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, and the American light heavyweight title twice between 1922 and 1923. A highly technical boxer, Tunney had a five-fight light heavyweight rivalry with Harry Greb in which he won three, drew once, and lost once, though many ringside reporters believed Greb should have won the decision in their 2nd meeting. He also knocked out Georges Carpentier and defeated Jack Dempsey twice; first in 1926 and again in 1927. Tunney's successful title defense against Dempsey remains one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight. He retired undefeated as a heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928, after which Tunney was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine.
Mary Lydon from Culleen House, Gorthgarve, Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland, emigrated to the United States after the Great Famine. She settled in New York City, where she met John Tunney, also from Cill Aodain, Kiltimagh. They married after a short courtship. The Tunneys had seven children; one son was murdered around 1920, another was a New York Police Department detective from 1924 to 1951, dying in 1971, while Gene would become famous as a World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. At an early age, Tunney was inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt to become physically fit.
Tunney fought some 68 official professional fights, losing only one, to Harry Greb, while fighting as a light heavyweight. Tunney fought many other fights whose scoring was unofficial, judged by newspaper reporters. He also lost none of these "newspaper decisions." He reported that he lost a second fight during World War I, a 10-round decision, to Tommy Loughran, as a Marine before he began his professional boxing career. Tunney was regarded as an extremely skillful boxer who excelled in defense. In addition to beating Dempsey, the most famous fighter of his era, Tunney defeated Tommy Gibbons, Georges Carpentier and many other fine boxers.
Already the U.S. Expeditionary Forces champion, Tunney spent the winter of 1921 as a lumberjack in northern Ontario for the J. R. Booth Company of Ottawa, without revealing he was a champion boxer. He explained this as "wanting the solitude and the strenuous labors of the woods to help condition himself for the career that appeared before him."
Tunney also had a brief acting career, starring in the movie The Fighting Marine in 1926. Unfortunately, no prints of this film are known to exist.
He was elected as Ring Magazine's first-ever Fighter of the Year in 1928 and later elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980, the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 and the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Tunney enlisted the Marine Corps during World War I and served as Private with 11th Marine Regiment in France and later in Germany during the occupation of the Rhineland in 1919. He saw no combat and spent most of the war in the Marine boxing team, becoming U.S. Expeditionary Forces champion. Tunney was demobilized following the war, but remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, ultimately reaching the rank of Major in the Connecticut Naval Militia.
Following the United States entry into World War II, at the request of Navy Undersecretary James Forrestal, Tunney accepted a commission in the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander to set up a physical fitness program for student pilots. He headed the Navy's physical fitness programme for the duration of the war and also made inspection trip to Hawaii and surrounding area.
Tunney was consecutively promoted to the ranks of Commander and Captain and retired shortly following the War. For his wartime service, he was decorated with the Navy Commendation Medal and also held World War I Victory Medal with France Clasp, Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal for his World War I enlisted service.
In 1928, Tunney married a wealthy socialite, the former Mary "Polly" Lauder (April 24, 1907 – April 19, 2008). Mrs. Tunney was born into the Lauder Greenway Family; her grandfather was billionaire George Lauder, a first cousin and business partner of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. According to a 2007 biography, Tunney promised Polly that he would quit boxing and defended his title only one more time after the second Dempsey fight, against Tom Heeney of New Zealand.
After Mr. Tunney's retirement, the couple lived in Stamford, Connecticut and raised four children.They had three boys including John Varick Tunney (1934–2018), who was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from California from 1965 until 1977; Jonathan "Jay" Rowland Tunney of Stamford, Connecticut; and Gene Lauder Tunney (1931-2009) who became a lawyer and served as district attorney for Sonoma County, California, for 20 years. Their one daughter was Joan Tunney Wilkinson (1939 – 2008) of San Francisco. who was committed to McLean Hospital on June 6, 1970, after she murdered her husband, Lynn Carter Wilkinson Jr.
Previous to his marriage to Mrs. Tunney, Tunney was sued in 1927 for breach of promise by Mrs. Katherine King Fogarty.
Tunney died on November 7, 1978 at the Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut at the age of eighty-one, after suffering from a circulation ailment.He was interred at Long Ridge Union Cemetery in Stamford, Connecticut.
Tunney was a thinking fighter who preferred to make a boxing match into a game of chess, which was not popular during the times when such sluggers as Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb and Mickey Walker were commanding center stage. Tunney's style was influenced by other noted boxing thinkers such as James J. Corbett and Benny Leonard. Nevertheless, it is incorrect to think of Tunney as a stick-and-move fighter in the Ali style. While Tunney's heavyweight fights against Gibbons, Carpentier, and Dempsey featured his fleet-footed movement and rapid-fire jabbing, his earlier bouts, especially the five against Harry Greb, demonstrated his vicious body punching and willingness to fight toe-to-toe. It was Benny Leonard who advised Tunney that the only way to beat Harry "The Human Windmill" Greb was to aim his punches at Greb's body rather than his head.[ citation needed ]
Always moving and boxing behind an excellent left jab, Tunney would study his opponents from the first bell. He generally preferred to stay outside and nullify any attacks, while using quick counters to keep the opponent off balance. In his fights against Jack Dempsey, today's viewer can see Tunney's style: hands held low for greater power, fast footwork that adjusts to every move his opponent makes and quick and accurate one-two style counter-punches with the left and right.
Tunney was never knocked out, while only ever being knocked down once, that in his second fight with Dempsey in the infamous Long Count. This makes him one of only five Heavyweight champions, alongside Rocky Marciano, Riddick Bowe, Sultan Ibragimov and Nicolai Valuev to retire without ever suffering a stoppage defeat. Tunney, along with Marciano, Lewis and Vitali Klitschko is one of four heavyweight champions to have retired as champion and to have ended their career with a win in a world title fight. Having avenged his only defeat to Harry Greb, with whom he also drew), Tunney joins Ingemar Johansson, Rocky Marciano, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe as the only five heavyweight champions to have retired while holding a victory over every opponent he faced as a professional (barring no-contests).[ citation needed ]
In 1932, Tunney published a book called A Man Must Fight, in which he gave comments on his career and boxing techniques.
In 1928, the U.S. Marine Corps presented – as a sign of friendship – a challenge cup to the Corps of Royal Marines, in the hope it might be competed for by Royal Marines association football teams.The Royal Marines named the trophy the "Tunney Cup," in honor of then–USMC Captain Tunney, who, with Sergeant Major Charles R. Francis, presented the trophy on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis had a comedy routine in which Lewis (in boxing shorts and gear) states he's fight'n Gene Tierney (the actress). Martin corrects Lewis and suggests that he must mean "Gene Tunney." Lewis then quips "You fight who you wanna fight, I'm fight'n who I wanna fight, I'm fight'n Gene Tierney."
In the song She Twists the Knife Again from Richard Thompson's 1985 album Across a Crowded Room, describing the mismatched intensity in a strife-ladened relationship, Thompson writes: "I'm in a fist fight/She thinks she's Gene Tunney!"
He's also mentioned in Act 1 of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman : Willy tells his sons he has a punching bag with Tunney's signature on it.
Mentioned in "A Whistle in the Dark" (Act 1, pg. 31) by Tom Murphy : 'in the words of the great Gene Tunney, a man must fight back. His father was a Mayoman too'.
Mentioned in the short story "Fallon" by JD Luther, when imprisoned character Tyson Wayne Vance recalls his abusive father, "Was more than one night momma'd look like she went fifteen rounds with Gene Tunney...",
In the 1932 boxing film Winner Take All , James Cagney's character Jimmy Kane—a has-been former champion trying to get educated—laments that William Shakespeare was "the one who ruined Gene Tunney."
The novelette "A KO for Christmas" by Shawn Pollock features a character, Stitch Stanford, who hopes to fight Gene Tunney for the heavyweight title.
|85 fights||65 wins||1 loss|
All Newspaper decisions are regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."
|85||Win||65–1–1 (18)||Tom Heeney||TKO||11 (15), 2:52||26 Jul 1928||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|84||Win||64–1–1 (18)||Jack Dempsey||UD||10||22 Sep 1927||Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|83||Win||63–1–1 (18)||Jack Dempsey||UD||10||23 Sep 1926||Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Won NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles|
|82||Win||62–1–1 (18)||Dan O'Dowd||KO||2 (10), 0:31||29 Dec 1925||Waterfront Park, Saint Petersburg, Florida, U.S.|
|81||Win||61–1–1 (18)||Johnny Risko||NWS||12||18 Nov 1925||Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|80||Win||61–1–1 (17)||Bartley Madden||KO||3 (10)||25 Sep 1925||Minneapolis Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
|79||Win||60–1–1 (17)||Italian Jack Herman||KO||2 (10)||3 Jul 1925||Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.|
|78||Win||59–1–1 (17)||Tommy Gibbons||KO||12 (15)||5 Jun 1925||Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|77||Win||58–1–1 (17)||Harry Greb||NWS||10||27 Mar 1925||Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.|
|76||Win||58–1–1 (16)||Jeff Smith||NWS||15||8 Dec 1924||Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|75||Win||58–1–1 (15)||Buddy McHale||TKO||2 (8)||10 Nov 1924||Southern Athletic Club, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|74||Win||57–1–1 (15)||Harry Foley||TKO||1 (8), 2:05||27 Oct 1924||Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|73||Win||56–1–1 (15)||Ray Neuman||PTS||10||27 Sep 1924||Cambria County Fairgrounds, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|72||Draw||55–1–1 (15)||Harry Greb||NWS||10||17 Sep 1924||Olympic Arena, Brooklyn, Ohio, U.S.|
|71||Win||55–1–1 (14)||Joe Lohman||TKO||8 (12)||18 Aug 1924||Fairmont Arena, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.|
|70||Win||54–1–1 (14)||Georges Carpentier||TKO||15 (15), 0:14||24 Jul 1924||Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|69||Win||53–1–1 (14)||Erminio Spalla||TKO||7 (12)||26 Jun 1924||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, U.S.|
|68||Win||52–1–1 (14)||Jimmy Delaney||NWS||10||17 Mar 1924||Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.|
|67||Win||52–1–1 (13)||Martin Burke||PTS||15||15 Feb 1924||Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|66||Win||51–1–1 (13)||Ray Thompson||KO||2 (10)||24 Jan 1924||Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|65||Win||50–1–1 (13)||Harry Foley||NWS||10||15 Jan 1924||Coliseum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.|
|64||Win||50–1–1 (12)||Harry Greb||UD||15||10 Dec 1923||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained ABA light-heavyweight title|
|63||Win||49–1–1 (12)||Dan O'Dowd||PTS||12||31 Jul 1923||Queensboro Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|62||Win||48–1–1 (12)||Jimmy Delaney||NWS||10||16 May 1923||Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|61||Win||48–1–1 (11)||Jack Clifford||TKO||8 (10)||7 May 1923||Fair Grounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|60||Win||47–1–1 (11)||Harry Greb||SD||15||23 Feb 1923||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won ABA light-heavyweight title|
|59||Win||46–1–1 (11)||Chuck Wiggins||PTS||12||3 Feb 1923||Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|58||NC||45–1–1 (11)||Jack Renault||NC||4 (8)||29 Jan 1923||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|57||Win||45–1–1 (10)||Charley Weinert||KO||4 (15)||29 Nov 1922||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|56||Win||44–1–1 (10)||Jack Hanlon||KO||1 (12), 1:22||3 Nov 1922||Clermont Avenue Skating Rink, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|55||Win||43–1–1 (10)||Chuck Wiggins||PTS||10||27 Oct 1922||Mechanics Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|54||Draw||42–1–1 (10)||Tommy Loughran||NWS||8||24 Aug 1922||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|53||Win||42–1–1 (9)||Charley Weinert||NWS||12||17 Aug 1922||Broad Athletic Club, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|52||Win||42–1–1 (8)||Ray Thompson||KO||3 (10)||4 Aug 1922||Ocean Park Casino, Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.|
|51||Win||41–1–1 (8)||Fay Keiser||PTS||12||7 Jul 1922||Rockaway Beach Arena, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|50||Loss||40–1–1 (8)||Harry Greb||UD||15||23 May 1922||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost ABA light-heavyweight title|
|49||Win||40–0–1 (8)||Jack Burke||TKO||9 (10)||10 Apr 1922||Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|48||Win||39–0–1 (8)||Fay Keiser||NWS||10||3 Mar 1922||Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.|
|47||Win||39–0–1 (7)||Whitey Wenzel||TKO||4 (8)||14 Feb 1922||Philadelphia_Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|46||Win||38–0–1 (7)||Jack Clifford||TKO||6 (12), 2:50||11 Feb 1922||Clermont Avenue Skating Rink, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|45||Win||37–0–1 (7)||Battling Levinsky||PTS||12||13 Jan 1922||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant ABA light-heavyweight title|
|44||Win||36–0–1 (7)||Eddie O'Hare||KO||6 (8)||22 Dec 1921||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|43||Win||35–0–1 (7)||Wolf Larsen||TKO||7 (12), 1:35||25 Oct 1921||Pioneer Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|42||Win||34–0–1 (7)||Jack Burke||TKO||3 (8)||14 Oct 1921||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|41||Win||33–0–1 (7)||Herbert Crossley||PTS||7||26 Sep 1921||Dyckman Oval, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|40||Win||32–0–1 (7)||Eddie Josephs||PTS||12||18 Aug 1921||Sisco Park, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|39||Win||31–0–1 (7)||Martin Burke||PTS||10||4 Aug 1921||Dyckman Oval, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|38||Win||30–0–1 (7)||Soldier Jones||TKO||7 (8)||2 Jul 1921||Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|37||Win||29–0–1 (7)||Johnny Ambrose||KO||1 (12), 2:45||28 Jun 1921||Pioneer Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|36||Win||28–0–1 (7)||Leo Hauck||NWS||10||7 Dec 1920||4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|35||Win||28–0–1 (6)||Leo Hauck||NWS||6||25 Nov 1920||Olympia Athletic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|34||Win||28–0–1 (5)||Paul Samson Koerner||NWS||10||25 Oct 1920||6th Regiment Armory, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.|
|33||Win||28–0–1 (4)||Sergeant Ray Smith||TKO||2 (8)||22 Oct 1920||Sportsman's Club, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.|
|32||Win||27–0–1 (4)||Ole Anderson||TKO||3 (10), 0:40||28 Jun 1920||4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|31||Win||26–0–1 (4)||Jeff Madden||TKO||2 (12)||7 Jun 1920||4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|30||Win||25–0–1 (4)||Jack Clifford||KO||3 (10)||9 Apr 1920||Community Hall, Johnson City, New York, U.S.|
|29||Win||24–0–1 (4)||K.O. Sullivan||KO||1 (8), 2:15||5 Apr 1920||1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|28||Win||23–0–1 (4)||Ed Kinley||KO||5 (8)||4 Mar 1920||Grand View Auditorium, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|27||Win||22–0–1 (4)||Al Roberts||KO||8 (8), 1:06||2 Feb 1920||1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|26||Win||21–0–1 (4)||Jim Monahan||KO||1 (8), 2:50||26 Jan 1920||4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|25||Win||20–0–1 (4)||Bud Nelson||KO||1 (8)||20 Jan 1920||Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.|
|24||Win||19–0–1 (4)||Whitey Allen||KO||2 (8)||1 Jan 1920||Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.|
|23||Win||18–0–1 (4)||Bob Pearce||KO||2 (8)||29 Dec 1919||4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|22||Win||17–0–1 (4)||Dan O'Dowd||NWS||8||16 Dec 1919||Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.|
|21||Win||17–0–1 (3)||Ted Jamieson||PTS||10||26 Apr 1919||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France||Won American Expeditionary Forces light-heavyweight title|
|20||Win||16–0–1 (3)||K.O. Sullivan||PTS||10||14 Apr 1919||Paris, France|
|19||Win||15–0–1 (3)||Dare Lewis||KO||3||31 Mar 1919||Tours, Paris, France|
|18||Win||14–0–1 (3)||Bob Martin||PTS||4||27 Jan 1919||Salle Wagram, Paris, France|
|17||Win||13–0–1 (3)||Victor Marchand||KO||2||9 Jan 1919||Paris, France|
|16||Draw||12–0–1 (3)||Tommy Gavigan||PTS||10||20 Dec 1918||Romorantin-Lanthenay, Loir-et-Cher, France|
|15||Win||12–0 (3)||Howard Morrow||KO||6||10 Dec 1918||Romorantin-Lanthenay, Loir-et-Cher, France|
|14||Win||11–0 (3)||Johnny Newton||KO||6||20 Nov 1918||Romorantin-Lanthenay, Loir-et-Cher, France|
|13||Win||10–0 (3)||Hank Werhl||KO||6||1 Nov 1918||Romorantin-Lanthenay, Loir-et-Cher, France|
|12||Win||9–0 (3)||Young Guerini||KO||1 (8)||8 Jul 1918||4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|11||Win||8–0 (3)||Hugh Weir||KO||2 (10)||15 Jan 1918||Pioneer Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|10||Win||7–0 (3)||Joe Borrell||KO||2 (10)||28 Dec 1917||New Polo Athletic Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|9||Win||6–0 (3)||Sailor Wolfe||KO||2 (10)||29 Dec 1916||Miners 8th St Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|8||Win||5–0 (3)||George Leahy||NWS||6||22 Dec 1916||Miners 8th St Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|7||Win||5–0 (2)||Young Sharkey||KO||6 (10)||15 Dec 1916||Miners 8th St Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|6||Win||4–0 (2)||Young Guerini||TKO||8 (10)||8 Dec 1916||Miners 8th St Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|5||Draw||3–0 (2)||KO Jaffe||NWS||10||21 Jul 1916||New Polo Athletic Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|4||Win||3–0 (1)||Billy Rowe||NWS||6||1 Dec 1915||Fairmont Athletic Club, Bronx, New York, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||George Leahy||KO||2 (6)||28 Aug 1915||Fairmont Athletic Club, Bronx, New York, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Battling Genrimo||KO||3 (10)||6 Aug 1915||Miner's Bowery Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Bobby Dawson||TKO||8 (10)||3 Jul 1915||Sharkey Athletic Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
Georges Carpentier was a French boxer, actor and World War I pilot. He fought mainly as a light heavyweight and heavyweight in a career lasting from 1908 to 1926. Nicknamed the "Orchid Man", he stood 5 feet 11+1⁄2 inches (182 cm) and his fighting weight ranged from 147 to 175 pounds. Carpentier was known for his speed, his excellent boxing skills and his extremely hard punch. The Parisian Sports Arena Halle Georges Carpentier is named after him.
Maximilian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling was a German boxer who was heavyweight champion of the world between 1930 and 1932. His two fights with Joe Louis in 1936 and 1938 were worldwide cultural events because of their national associations. Schmeling is the only boxer to win the world heavyweight championship on a foul.
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey, nicknamed Kid Blackie, and The Manassa Mauler, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. A cultural icon of the 1920s, Dempsey's aggressive fighting style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate. He pioneered the live broadcast of sporting events in general, and boxing matches in particular.
Rocco Francis Marchegiano, better known as Rocky Marciano, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. He is the only heavyweight champion to have finished his career undefeated. His six title defenses were against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell and Archie Moore.
Thomas Heeney was a professional heavyweight boxer from New Zealand, best known for unsuccessfully challenging champion Gene Tunney for the heavyweight championship of the world in New York City on 26 July 1928.
Thomas Patrick Loughran was an American professional boxer and the former World Light Heavyweight Champion. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Loughran as the #7 ranked light heavyweight of all time, while The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #4. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Loughran as the 6th best light heavyweight ever. Loughran was named the Ring Magazine's Fighter of the Year twice, first in 1929 and again 1931. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1956 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.
Edward Henry "Harry" Greb was an American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Pittsburgh Windmill", he is widely regarded by many boxing historians as one of the best pound for pound boxers of all time.
The Long Count Fight, or the Battle of the Long Count, was a professional boxing 10-round rematch between world heavyweight champion Gene Tunney and former champion Jack Dempsey, which Tunney won in a unanimous decision. It took place on September 22, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago. "Long Count" is applied to the fight because when Tunney was knocked down in the seventh round the count was delayed due to Dempsey's failure to go to and remain in a neutral corner. Whether this "long count" actually affected the outcome remains a subject of debate.
Boxing in the 1920s was an exceptionally popular international sport. Many fights during this era, some 20 years away or so from the television era, were social events with many thousands in attendance, both men and women.
Jack Sharkey was a Lithuanian-American world heavyweight boxing champion.
Louis Mbarick Fall, known as Battling Siki, was a French-Senegalese light heavyweight boxer born in Senegal who fought from 1912 to 1925, and briefly reigned as the World light heavyweight champion after knocking out Georges Carpentier.
Edward "Gunboat" Smith was an Irish American boxer, film actor and later a boxing referee. During his career, Smith faced twelve different Boxing Hall of Famers a combined total of 23 times. Among the all-time greats he faced were Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb, Sam Langford, and Georges Carpentier.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, is regulated, sanctioned boxing. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse that is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters' safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referees.
Thomas Joseph Gibbons was an American professional heavyweight boxer.
Barney Lebrowitz, better known as Battling Levinsky, was the world light heavyweight champion from 1916 to 1920. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Levinsky as the #12 ranked light heavyweight of all-time, while The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #9. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Levinsky as the 20th best light heavyweight ever. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1966, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1982, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000.
Joseph Francis Hagan was the world light heavyweight boxing champion in 1905 when he defeated Bob Fitzsimmons for the universal world title. Rather than defending his title, O'Brien instead abandoned it in order to fight at heavyweight. Nat Fleischer, founder and editor of The Ring Magazine, ranked O'Brien as the No. 2 All-Time Light Heavyweight, and famed boxing promoter Charley Rose ranked him as the No. 3 All-Time Light Heavyweight. O'Brien was inducted into the Ring Magazine hall of fame in 1968, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1987, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994.
Whitey Bimstein was born on January 10, 1897 in New York's Lower East Side. He would be remembered for his exceptional career as a boxing trainer and cutman to world champions. Though his cutwork was usually confined to only forty seconds between rounds, it amazed Doctors for its thoroughness and professionalism.
Frank Moody was a Welsh boxer who fought between 1914 and 1936. He is most notable for winning the British and Empire middleweight boxing championship in 1927 and 1928 and the light-heavyweight title from 1927 to 1929.
Jerome "Jeff Smith" Jefferds was an American professional boxer who held the Australian version of the World Middleweight Title during his career. Despite his relative anonymity, Smith faced off against some the best fighters of his era, including Harry Greb, Gene Tunney, Mike Gibbons, Georges Carpentier, Les Darcy and Tommy Loughran. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Smith as the 17th greatest middleweight ever, while Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer ranked Smith as the No. 10 Middleweight of all-time. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine hall of fame in 1969 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013.
Jack Dempsey versus Georges Carpentier was a boxing fight between world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and world light-heavyweight champion Georges Carpentier, which was one of the fights named the "Fight of the Century". The bout took place in the United States on Saturday, July 2, 1921, at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Gene Tunney, the former heavyweight boxing champion who twice defeated Jack Dempsey, died yesterday at the Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. He was 80 years old and had been suffering from a circulation ailment.
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Gene Tunney|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gene Tunney .|
|World boxing titles|
| The Ring heavyweight champion |
September 23, 1926 – July 31, 1928
Title next held byMax Schmeling
| World heavyweight champion|
September 23, 1926 – July 31, 1928