1927 Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney
"Long Count" Bout Usher's Ribbon and Pass
One of the most amazing relics of sports history we've encountered in many years! Two genuine original vintage artifacts from the legendary 1927 Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney fight in 1927.
Jack Dempsey fought Gene Tunney for the second time on September 22, 1927 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Tunney out pointed Dempsey until the seventh round when Dempsey landed a volley of punches sending Tunney crashing to the canvas. Dempsey failed to go immediately to a neutral corner and referee Dave Barry delayed the count. But instead of picking up the count with the timekeeper, Barry started the count at one, giving Tunney several extra seconds to regain his feet. The very next round Tunney dropped Dempsey with a chopping right and Barry immediately started the count, without sending Tunney to a neutral corner! Thus was born the celebrated "long count" fight that has remained a controversy to this day. Presented here are a pair of original artifacts from the historic fight, including a usher's ribbon and pass, each affixed to a piece of scrapbook paper. VG quality exhibited throughout.
Note: We also have EIGHT Original Press Release Photos for this fight. Some are shown below under Also Recommended.