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Jack Dempsey
The Manassa Mauler
Jack Dempsey
1910s
Still considered the first real star of boxing, Dempsey’s intimidating appearance and exciting style guaranteed that his fights were always major events. He dethroned Jess Willard on 4 July 1919 in a beating considered as savage as any in heavyweight history. Willard complained after that Dempsey’s glove contained an iron bolt.