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DECEMBER 15, 1920
JACK DEMPSEY vs BILL BRENNAN
BILL BRENNAN IN
Punch to Heart Finally Puts
14,000 SAW BIG BATTLE
Brennan at All Times Was
but Held on and Endured
Madison Square Garden, New York.
Jack Dempsey, the world's heavy-
weight champion, knocked out Bill
Brennan of Chicago in the twelfth
round of the first heavyweight champ-
ionship fight staged last night in New
York since the Walker law became
There were many opinions express-
ed by fistic fans as to Dempsey's in-
ability to quickly finish his opponent.
When Dempsey did not cut loose, how-
ever, he made a quick job of it, but it
was not until after Brennan had
shown that he was absolutely un-
afraid of the champion's punches and
had split Dempsey's left ear with a
The champion proved to be Bren-
nan's master in nearly every stage of
the bout, but the challenger withstood
many hard blows in the ribs due to
his magnificent physical condition.
Tex Richard read a telegram from
Jess Willard former title holder, say-
ing that he would meet the winner of
the Dempsey-Brennan fight.
A steady stream of ticket holders
poured in each entrance of Madison
Square Garden as soon as the doors
were opened at 7 o'clock and one hour
later nearly every seat was filled. It
was estimated that 14,000 persons
were present and that the receipts
would reach $200,000.
The management announced that
Dempsey's share of the purse was
$100,000. It is understood that Bren-
nan will receive $35,000.
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