Now over 100 years removed from the beginning of his heavyweight title reign, the popularity and greatness of Jack Dempsey’s in-ring career is confined to the history books. The majority of those tomes have relied on passed down myths and conjecture… until now. Adam J. Pollack, author of the critically-acclaimed In the Ring series which chronicles the history of the early gloved heavyweight champions, has brought his exhaustive researching skills to the story of Dempsey with his latest work — In the Ring with Jack Dempsey Part 1: The Making of a Champion.
Relying almost exclusively on primary sources, Pollack presents the most comprehensive work ever done on Dempsey’s pre-title career, spanning 1914-1919. I sat down with Pollack to review the process of creating this important work, how we can “reevaluate” Dempsey today, and why his career is a reminder of the racism which prevented that era’s great black fighters from getting title shots.
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In the Ring with Jack Dempsey is available now via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.