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Furthermore, an infamous and widely ridiculed photograph showed Dempsey at a Philadelphia shipyard, supposedly hard at work, but wearing shiny patent-leather shoes.Strangely, Dempsey finally achieved widespread popularity when he lost his championship title.
Dempsey successfully defended his heavyweight title five times over the next six years, in what is considered one of the greatest runs in boxing history.
Jack Dempsey was born on June 24, 1895, in the Mormon village of Manassa, Colorado.
As a boy, he worked as a farm hand, miner and cowboy and was taught to box by his older brother.
Dempsey's early prize fights were in mining towns around Salt Lake City but on July 4, 1919, he beat Jess Willard "The Great White Hope," and became world heavyweight champion.
He defended his title five times but lost to Gene Tunney in 1926. Born William Harrison Dempsey on June 24, 1895, in Manassa, Colorado, Jack Dempsey's parents, Hyrum and Celia Dempsey, were originally from West Virginia, where his father had worked as a schoolteacher.