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Dempsey was quintessential 1920s figure

Updated: August 6, 2001, 9:58 AM ET
By Nick Acocella | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Bout Sept. 22, 1927 - It was the most famous fight in the Golden Age of Sport. It was the night of the Long Count in Chicago. It was the fight when Jack Dempsey knocked Gene Tunney to the canvas for more than the 10 seconds required for a knockout, but lost the heavyweight championship fight.

Dempsey, the challenger seeking to regain his title in this rematch, had only himself to blame.

After Tunney hit the floor in the seventh round, and the timekeeper began his count, ...

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