History | Jun 05 2018

On This Day: From Gene Tunney to Miguel Cotto, via Archie Moore and Roy Jones Jnr

Here we celebrate Miguel Cotto and the other heroes who have made June 5 a boxing day to remember
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Miguel Cotto  |  Jake Roth/USA Today Sports

BACK in 1925, heavyweight contender Gene Tunney – handsome in both looks and boxing skills – was chasing a shot at formidable king, Jack Dempsey. On June 5 1925 he was matched with ageing but dangerous  Tommy Gibbons, who was enjoying an unbeaten streak since losing a 15-round decision to Dempsey two years before. This proved to be a heck of a test for Tunney as he was dazed by his hard-punching rival in the eighth before knocking him out in the 12th. Press play on the clip below, crack open a can of cool lager, and wash it down with the magic of one of boxing’s finest ever technicians.

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