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Iconic Dempsey exemplified the Roaring '20s

Colorado's Jack Dempsey wasn't just one of the greatest heavyweights to step into the ring, he was also one of the most celebrated fighters of his time -- and an icon of the Roaring 20s.

Originally Published: July 17, 2008
By William Dettloff | Special to ESPN.com

It's been debated, often and sincerely enough, whether the times make the man or vice versa. Jack Dempsey, the modern fight game's first real superstar, certainly was a product of his era, but no sports figure better epitomized what we recall in history books today as the Roaring '20s.

Forget pugs in general. There were some great ones in the 1920s -- Harry Greb, Mickey Walker, Benny Leonard and Jimmy Wilde, to name a few. Dempsey was on another level. His fame was such that he could ...

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