the boston belt


Dempsey was weaving again and Sharkey held as the fire grew hot about his body. Dempsey knocked him down with a right. Dempsey suddenly whipped his hand Into Sharkey's stomach and followed with a straight right hand smash to the Jaw that sent Sharkey down. Sharkey got to his knees at the count of nine, swayed and fell flat to his face as the referee counted ten. ,

Sharkey's handlers claimed the blow was foul but the referee upheld his decision. Probably the greatest ovation given a fighter was accorded Dempsey as the referee raised his hand in victory. The stadium fairly rocked. The round had lasted only forty-five seconds