Friday, September 22, 2006

The Fighting Marine

On September 22, 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight in Chicago.

James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897November 7, 1978) was the heavyweight boxing champion from 1926-28 who defeated Jack Dempsey twice: First, in 1926 and in 1927. Tunney's successful title defense against Dempsey is one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight. Tunney retired undefeated as a heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928.