RECENTLY dethroned heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey was desperate to regain his crown when matched with ‘The Boston Gob’ Jack Sharkey in an eliminator to face Dempsey’s conqueror Gene Tunney for the title.
‘The Manassa Mauler’ and 7-5 betting favourite Sharkey squared off on July 21, 1927 at the Yankee Stadium with gate receipts totalling an incredible $1,083,530 – approximately $15m in today’s money.
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