Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Dempsey and the Wild Bull: The Four Minute Fight of the Century
John Jarrett


They still call it the most sensational fight ever for the world heavyweight championship, between champion Jack Dempsey and his hammer-fisted Argentine challenger, Luis Angel Firpo. Back in the Roaring Twenties, 85,000 packed into New York’s Polo Grounds to see all three minutes fifty-seven seconds of it. Nobody asked for their money back.

Paperback, 256pp
Pitch Publishing, 2015
ISBN 9781785310317


JOHN JARRETT is the author of six books, including Toy Bulldog: The Fighting Life and Times of Mickey Walker; Dynamite Gloves on boxing’s big punchers; and Gene Tunney, the Golden Guy who Licked Jack Dempsey Twice. John has been a boxing writer for 50 years, and has been Northern Area Secretary for the British Boxing Board of Control since 1977.