Snapshots: Dempsey vs. Carpentier

Not much of a view, but at least you can say you were there…

“Fight of the Century”

World Heavyweight Champion 🇺🇸Jack Dempsey, 26, and world Light-Heavyweight Champion 🇫🇷Georges Carpentier, 27, meet at Boyle’s Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey, July 2, 1921 in boxing’s first million dollar gate generating $1,789,283.

The last row of bleachers in the 91,613 seat stadium went up 34 feet from the ground and was 312 feet from center ring.

Dempsey, a 2 to 1 favorite, would defeat Carpentier by fourth round knockout.

🇺🇸Dempsey: $300,000
🇫🇷Carpentier: $200,000.

Both fighters took home 25% of the motion picture rights.

Tickets were priced $5 ($66 today) to $50 ($721 today). After the fight promoter Tex Rickard stated that he should have doubled the price.

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