Re: Dempsey's punching power
Fleischer rated Dempsey as the "roughest" of all past champions and also credited him with the most destructive combination.....right to the heart and left hook to the chin. Ray Arcel one of boxings all time great trainers stated Dempsey was "mean, determined and vicious" and rated Dempsey right up there with Louis as one of the very best. Interestingly Arcel was the last great trainer in boxing to know and see Dempsey from ringside he felt that Roberto Duran was "the closest thing he ever saw to Jack Dempsey". So there you have boxings greatest writer and one of boxings greatest trainers BOTH of which saw Dempsey fight from ringside and they both rate him as one of the very best all time. I can make a list of great trainers from that time period who had the luxury of actually watching Dempsey live who say the same thing. These were not incompetent people...they were the very best at what they did and they all spoke very highly of Dempsey. Arcel especially always choose his words very carefully and more so he was an expert in determining what made a fighter a great fighter.