|Film Daily, 26-September-1926|
Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler, defended his title against former Light Heavyweight champ Gene Tunney, the Fighting Marine, on 23-September-1926 in Philadelphia. Tunney was the underdog, but Dempsey, who had not fought in three years, lost a unanimous decision in ten rounds. This was a big upset. After the fight, Dempsey told his wife, actress Estelle Taylor, "Honey, I forgot to duck."
The interstate transportation of fight films was illegal from 1912 until 1940, so this Pathé News production showed events before and after the fight.
Dempsey and Tunney fought again in 1927. More on that later.
Dempsey and Tunney later became friends. When Gene's son John Tunney ran for the US Senate in California, against tap dancer George Murphy, Dempsey campaigned for him.