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Boxing history was made on this day in 1920


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Boxing history was made on this day in 1920 -- when the first prize fight was broadcast on the new medium of radio. In the match, Jack Dempsey knocked out Billy Miske in the third round. Seven years later, also in September, one of the most famous boxing matches of all time was broadcast, heard by an estimated half of the U.S. population. In the seventh round of a heavyweight title fight, Jack Dempsey floored Gene Tunney, but failed to move to the farthest corner -- interrupting the referee's count and giving Tunney a few extra seconds to recover. Tunney went on to win the match on a decision. Dempsey lost an appeal and retired from boxing. Today, prize fights draw 2.7 million spectators around the country each year

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