JACK DEMPSEY: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION (1922)
Dempsey held the heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He was the first recipient of a Ring Magazine championship belt, which he was awarded in 1922. No other athlete, save for Babe Ruth, captured the spirit of the 1920s like Dempsey, who was once ranked 10th on The Ring’s list of all-time heavyweights and seventh among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers. Some of Dempsey’s title bouts, vs. Georges Carpentier, Luis Angel Firpo and Gene Tunney, set attendance, purse and event revenue records that lasted for several decades.