JACK DEMPSEY VS. GENE TUNNEY
Sept. 23, 1926, Philadelphia
After three-year layoff, heavyweight champ Dempsey, 31, is battered by Tunney, who wins upset 10-round decision. "Honey," Dempsey tells wife after bout, "I forgot to duck."
Sept. 22, 1927, Chicago
In Battle of Long Count, Dempsey decks Tunney in seventh, round but delays going to neutral corner, giving foe extra time to rise; recovered, Tunney outboxes Dempsey again to retain the title.
JOE Louis vs. BILLY CONN
June 18, 1941, New York City
Former light heavyweight champ Conn, weighing 174 pounds, outboxes heavyweight king Louis (199'A) for 12 rounds; telling corner he's "gonna knock the bum out," Conn goes toe-to-toe with Louis in 13th—and is KO'd.
June 9, 1946, New York City
"He can run, but he can't hide," says Louis before bout that proves to be a sad anticlimax. Both fighters are rusty after years in military, and plodding Louis wins by KO in eighth round.
ROCKY MARCIANO VS. JERSEY JOE WALCOTT
Sept. 23, 1952, Philadelphia
Heavyweight champ Walcott, 38, drops Marciano, 29, in first round and, after epic battle, is ahead on points when Rocky lands explosive right (photo above) for 13th-round KO.
May 15, 1953, Chicago
They were better in Philly. Finally looking his age, Walcott is the one who goes down in first round this time; he doesn't get up.
ARCHIE MOORE VS. YVON DURELLE