Originally Posted by greynotsoold
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.
Almost Dempsey was asking how he would fight Johansson and stay away from Ingos right and Dempsey said let me show you my one two and threw a jab and then a right under the heart, then he threw a left by his jaw and he said why did you throw a third punch and Dempsey said keep your guard up at all time always liked that story