Unforgettable Fights: Jack Dempsey vs Luis Angel Firpo, Sept. 14th, 1923
Dempsey versus Firpo took place onSeptember 14, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Dempsey had been champion since 1919, and Firpowas one of the top heavyweights of the world, nicknamed “El Toro de las Pampas” (“The Bull of the Pampas”). Eighty thousand fans paid to see the fight live.
Jack Dempsey defended his crown against Luis Angel Firpo “el toro salvaje de las pampas” in front of 80 thousand spectators at the Polo Grounds in New York
Demspey knocked Firpo down 7 times and Firpo knocked Dempsey out of the ring, all this happening in the first round. It’s important to note that the three knockdown rule didn’t exist during those times. Also, Dempsey was allowed to stand in front of the downed fighter and immediately strike Firpo to knock him down again, since the rule of going to a neutral corner had not yet been implemented.
Conspiracy theorist believe that Firpo deserved the victory in the first round since Dempsey was helped by the journalists at ring side to climb back into the ring, as well as by the referee who issued an extremely long count.
For those who are interested in the history of the sport, Firpo was the first Latin American to challenge for the World Heavyweight Title.
After the sum of 11 knockdowns between both fighters, Dempsey won by knockout in the second round.