THE MANASSA MAULER
Despite the knockdown, Dempsey was unable to capitalise and the contest became engrained in history as ‘The Long Count Fight.’ That was Dempsey’s last fight as a professional boxer. He retired at the age of 32 with a record of 60-6-8.
In 1935, he opened Jack Dempsey's Restaurant in New York City, which proved to be hugely popular over its 39 year existence. With his good looks and links to the film industry, it was no surprise when Dempsey appeared on the big screen. He and his then wife, the glamorous Hollywood actress Estelle Taylor, both starred in the Broadway play, The Big Fight. He also appeared in a number of other films, including Sweet Surrender, The Prizefighter and the Lady.
His last knockout performance came as something of a surprise to him, but perhaps more so to those in the opposite corner. In the mid-1960s two thugs tried to mug Dempsey in Manhattan. Unaware of who the old man was, he rewarded one with a left and the other with a right hand, rendering them both unconscious with single shots.
Jack Dempsey died of heart failure on 31 May 1983, aged 87. In 1990 he was posthumously inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, immortalising his existence in the square ring forever. Should you wish to pay homage to Manassa’s favourite fighting son, you can make the pilgrimage to the Jack Dempsey Museum, once his childhood home. The first person to greet you is an impressive bronze statue of the man himself. - 5 minutes ago