Re: Brutal Dempsey sparring Knockout in slow motion
Dempsey was known to take sparring very seriously, even against writers and other non-combatants.
Roger Kahn (he wrote "A Flame Of Pure Fire," a Dempsey biography) tells a story of talking boxing with Dempsey in 1960. They were in Dempsey's restaurant and talking about Patterson/Johannsson when Dempsey suggested they take their jackets off, get up and move around a bit. He said dempsey suddenly got very cold-eyed, fired a jab that creased his jaw, hit him in the body with a right and whipped a hook by his chin. Then bought him a drink and told him that, in the ring, you always keep your guard up.