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Old 09-16-2007, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default The Long Count: Dempsey's Impact

I heard on a documentary on Showtime Dempsey insisted the neutral corner rule following a knockdown to be used in his rematch with Tunney otherwise he wouldn't sign the contract. Is this true and why was he so insistent?
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:15 AM   #2
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I heard he fear Tunney standing over him, if it was Tunney that score the knockdown.
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:46 AM   #3
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I heard he fear Tunney standing over him, if it was Tunney that score the knockdown.
If that's the whole story, seems kinda strange since Tunney was seen as a master boxer, not a devastating puncher. Was that the first time the neutral corner rule had been used in a Dempsey fight? If so, its ironic Dempsey's demand could have ended up costing him the fight.
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:19 AM   #4
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Something doesn't make sense since Dempsey wasn't used to the neutral corner rule nor did it benefit his style. In the fight against Firpo I remember him hoovering over him waiting for him to get up and then he'd attack as soon as he did, same thing with Willard.
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:19 AM   #5
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Firpo fight was SUPPOSE to have a netrual Corner rule. But it must of slip the Ref's mind. It also slip Dempsey and Firpo's mind for that matter also.
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