Re: Dempsey's punching power
Dempsey lovers are a sensitive lot, some of them at least.
I'm not trying to tear down his legacy -- a knockout is a knockout regarless of how many times a guy got up (see Foreman-Frazier, no less devastating for Frazier's heart). Just had not seen this discussed and I have seen Dempsey described many times on this forum as one of the most devastating punchers of all time. To me he had good one-punch power but obviously not great one-punch power.
If the neutral corner rule had been in effect earlier in his career, I suspect he'd have needed longer to take out some of his more resilient foes -- but I have no doubt that he would have still taken out Willard, Firpo, etc.