Ringside Whiskey is proud to present Jack Dempsey Whiskey! A 100 proof blend of the finest bourbon and rye. We are celebrating, along with the Dempsey family, the 100 year anniversary of the Championship fight between Jess Willard and Jack Dempsey, on July 4th, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio, with a limited edition, numbered bottle whiskey. We hope you like what we've done!
Jess Willard was the reigning world champion and the owner of a brutal reputation. So brutal in fact, that he once hit an opponent so hard that a piece of his jaw was driven into his head and he died in the ring. Willard became the World Heavyweight Champion after he fought the popular Jack Johnson in 1915. With his solid reputation intact, Willard agreed to fight a new young boxer named Jack Dempsey.
One of 13 siblings, the young fighter was the family protector and became a brawler for money at local pubs and bars. Dempsey’s career was about to go into the next level when the 6’1″, 187 pound Dempsey stepped into the ring to fight Willard in Toledo Ohio on July 4th 1919.
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Willard had claimed that “This will be the easiest fight of my career,” and referred to how he was happy to bring the title belt back to the ‘white race.”
Dempsey’s ancestry included Irish, Cherokee, and a Jewish paternal great-great-grandmother, and the fighter found Willard's prefight remarks to be fodder and fuel for his fire. What the crowd didn’t know was that they were about to witness one of the worst beatings any fighter would take in the history of the sport.
As the first round started it was apparent that the smaller Dempsey had the fire and rage of a bull as he relentlessly attacked the bigger champion. Just 30 seconds into the first round, Dempsey landed a huge left which broke Willards jaw in over a dozen places, knocking him to the mat. Willard rose and was knocked down 7 times in that first round and suffered tremendous damage at the hands of the challenger.
A severely broken jaw was just one of the wounds Willard suffered during the fight. When the fight was over and he was looked at by physicians, it was determined that he had a broken cheek bone, caved-in by Dempsey as well as broken ribs and permanent hearing loss. One witness described seeing half a dozen of Willard’s teeth spew from his mouth in a rainbow of bloody mist during the first round.
Unbelievably, the fight lasted till the start of the 4th round when Willard failed to leave his corner. As Dempsey was crowned the new champion and went on to hold and defend that title for 6 years, the older beaten Willard slipped into retirement and only ever boxed again in exhibitions. Watch the video and see for yourself why this fight is one of the greatest ever fought.
Excerpts from Theodore Hoosevelt August 15, 2016
Watch the Most Brutal Fight in History
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