James Joseph “Gene” Tunney was the world heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Jack Dempsey twice.(first in 1926 and then in 1927). His successful title defense against Dempsey is considered to be one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as ‘The Long Count Fight’.
Tunney fought 68 official professional fights, and was defeated once by Harry Greb. In addition to beating Dempsey, the most famous fighter of his era, Tunney also defeated Tommy Gibbons, Georges Carpentier, and many other respected boxers.
Tunney was an extremely skillful boxer who excelled in defense and preferred to make a boxing match into a game of chess which was not popular during the times when such sluggers as Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb and Mickey Walker were commanding center stage. He was always moving and boxing behind his excellent left jab, always studying his opponents from the first bell. Tunney preferred to stay outside and nullify any attacks, while using quick counters to keep the opponent off balance. Although not a big puncher, Tunney could still hit with power, especially after hurting his opponents and mastering their styles.
Analyzing Tunney’s style: his hands held low for greater power, fast footwork that adjusts to every move his opponent makes, and quick and accurate one-two style counter-punches with the left and right.
The only time he was ever knocked down was in the second fight with Dempsey in the infamous ‘Long Count Fight’.
In 1928 Tunney was elected as Ring Magazine’s first-ever Fighter of the Year and in 1980 was elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980.Also in 1990 he was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame , and the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
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James Joseph “Gene” Tunney was the world heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Jack Dempsey twice.(first in 1926 and then in 1927).
Holder of the title : September 23, 1926-July 31, 1928
Nickname :The Fighting Marine
Height :6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach :77 in (196 cm)
Death date : November 7, 1978(aged 81)
Total fights : 86
Wins : 82
Wins by KO : 39
Draws : 3
Gene Tunney vs Jack Dempsey ( The Long Count , 1927)