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Dempsey wins punishing bout with Firpo

Updated: September 12, 2001, 11:34 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 14, 1923

Jack Dempsey and Luis Firpo engage in one of the most exciting bouts in boxing history. Dempsey survives two knockdowns, including one in which he is knocked clear out of the ring by the Argentinean, and retains his heavyweight championship.

Seconds after the opening bell, Dempsey is on one knee after a right to the jaw from "The Wild Bull of the Pampas." Dempsey retaliates by knocking down Firpo seven times.

But before the first round ends, ...

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