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Gene Tunney

Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1978 AD
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3.4 (67.27%) 165 votes

1897 – Born on the 25th of May in New York City.

 

 

1919 – In World War I, he served in the U.S. marines and in Paris won the light-heavyweight championship of the American Expeditionary Forces.

 

 

1922 – He defeated Battling Levinsky for the American light-heavyweight title, but lost it the same year to Harry Greb-the only fighter to defeat him in the professional ring, a defeat that he later avenged in four more fights against Greb. He was regarded as an extremely skillful boxer who excelled in defense.

 

 

1923 – He regained his title.  

 

 

1926 – He defeated Jack Dempsey in a 10-round decision in Philadelphia and became the world heavyweight champion.

 

 

        – He also had a brief acting career, starring in the movie The Fighting Marine.

 

 

1927 – In Chicago, he repeated this performance in a return bout with Dempsey; the decision was the subject of much controversy because of the famous "long count" after he was knocked down in the seventh round.

 

 

 

1928 – He well-proportioned, handsome, and intellectually inclined- he retired from the ring undefeated.

 

 

        – He was elected as Ring Magazine’s first-ever Fighter of the Year.

 

 

1978 – Died on the 7th of November , aged 81, Tunney was interred in the Long Ridge Union Cemetery in Stamford, Connecticut.

 

 

1980 – Elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

 

 

1990 – Inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 

 

2001 – Inducted in the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

   

3.4 (67.27%) 165 votes