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PAGE 12 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 14, 2017 ..... _.:: .... DEMPSEY vs. SHARKEY Protect Yourseff at All Times Dempsey and 8harkey square offbefore fight. On September 23, 1926, Jack Dempsey lost the Heavyweight Championship of the World to Gene Tunney. Dempsey had been inactive for three years before the bout while Tunney had been racking up wins and staying sharp. After the bout, there was a clamor for a rematch, but things were a bit different in those days. Even a former champion had to earn his right to a return title bout. Dempsey, while champion, had agreed to fight Harry Wills, but that fight fell through when the promoters failed to come up with Dempsey's guarantee. Instead, Dempsey went on to face Tunney. Meanwhile, Boston heavy- weight Jack Sharkey was compiling a solid record of wins including beating Harry Wills by disqualification. Though Sharkey won by a foul, Wills was repeatedly backhanding the Boston Gob. Sharkey had administered a severe beat- ing to Wills before the fight was called in the 134 round. This paved the way for a Dempsey vs. Sharkey bout with the winner to face Gene Tunney for the title. Going into the fight, Sharkey had gone unbeaten in his last 13 bouts with wins over such men as George Godfrey, Jimmy Maloney, and Mike McTigue. "Sailor Jack" was brash, cocky, colorful, and a bit erratic. He was also supremely confident he would beat Dempsey. The odds-makers agreed with him, making Sharkey a 7-5 favorite. The public was very enthused with this matchup and 82,000 fans showed up at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 1927, to witness the fight. Celebrities were there in abundance, including Admiral Richard Byrd, Composer Irving Berlin, Flo Ziegfeld, and theatrical pro- ducer David Belasco. The gate was an amazing $1,083,530.00, the largest for a non-rifle fight. Dempsey received $252,759.00 and Sharkey's share was $208,803.00, huge money for the time. Both fighters were in great shape, but Shar- key was seven years younger and hungry for a title shot. And though Dempsey had showed signs of slowing down, he was, well, he was still Jack Dempsey and not one to take lightly. The =Manassa Mauler" was in there to win. After receiving instructions from referee Jack O'Sullivan, the bout began. Sharkey came out very strong in the first round and had Dempsey hurt before long. Sharkey was fighting beauti- fully, using a very effective right uppercut and a marvelous jab. He continued beating Dempsey to the punch for six rounds and it appeared to be only a question of whether or not Sharkey would win by kayo or decision. It did not look good for the former champ. Though taking a beating, Dempsey was tena- cious. He was also doing a very effective job of going to Sharkey's body. Jack Dempsey knew he couldn't stand up straight and trade head- shots with Sharkey, so he did what he did best; he fought out of his famous crouch. While Dempsey was hurting Sharkey with those body shots, he was paying a heavy price hav- ing to absorb Sharkey's uppercut and solid left jab, As I have written, it just appeared to be a mat- ter of time until the fight went to Jack Shar- key. However, ff you watch closely, you can see that the body punches were starting to bother Sharkey. As a matter of fact, he came into the ring wearing his trunks quite high in anticipa- tion of Dempsey banging away at his bread- basket. He could use the high waistline as a way to argue Dempsey's blows were low and hope the referee would warn him to keep his punches up. Sharkey had won three fights in addition to the Wills fight by disqualification. Was it pos- sible he was using that as an ace in the hole in case things weren't going well? If he did, it certainly backfired on him. At the bell for the seventh round, Dempsey stepped up his attack on Sharkey's body. If you look closely at the film, you can see Sharkey was being bothered by those blows. With about thirty seconds gone in the round, Dempsey landed lefts and rights to the body. He landed a right hand to Sharkey's body that appears to land just about at the belt line. Now remember, Sharkey wore his trunks high so this would be in legal territory. Even if his trunks were worn at normal height, the belt line is still fair game. Here's my take on this controversial fight: Sharkey was being worn down by Dempsey's relentless body punching. He had hit the former champ with everything he had and Dempsey just would not slow down. Sharkey had thrown a lot of punches. That, combined with the bru- tal body punches he absorbed, was wearing him down even though he was way ahead in the bout. The final right hand Dempsey landed to the body hurt Sharkey a lot. That's when he made the fatal mistake of dropping his hands and turning to the referee to complain he had been hit low. The second Dempsey saw that opening, he fired off a left hook to the jaw that floored Sharkey. Referee O'Sullivan counted the Gob out. l~mp~y lands the final blow. Now, that punch may have felt low to Shar- key because it was a brutal shot, but I think Sharkey had had enough of getting hit to the body and was going to try for the disqualification win. The mistake he made was in complaining to the referee while still on his feet. If he had dropped to the canvas and grabbed his groin, he may have gotten somewhere with the com- plaint. Dropping his hands while within punch- ing range of the great Jack Dempsey was about the dumbest thing he could have done. Sharkey broke the first rule of boxing: "Protect yourself at all times." Jack Dempsey would go on to have a rematch with Gene Tunney in what would turn out to be another controversial fight that became known as =The Long Count." Sharkey would also be involved in a controversial fight when he took on Max Schmeling for the title vacated by the retirement of Gene Tunney. In this bout, Sharkey would lose by a disqualification when Schmeling claimed to be hit by a low blow. Schmeling was a little smarter than Sharkey as he dropped to the canvas before complaining to the referee. Things may have been different if Sharkey had done the same with Dempsey. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss Summer is upon us and the days are long ... and hot. So hot, in fact, that over at Boston University the fans are already talking about the Red Hot Hockey game that's set for New York City in November. That's when the Terriers will take on Cornell in the Big Apple on Saturday, November 254, during Thanksgiving weekend. It will be the sixth contest in the renewed series, which restarted back in 2007. BU, of course, is more than happy to oblige the Big Red since the Terriers remain un- defeated in the five prior games, winning in 2007, 2011 and 2013 while skating to ties with Cornell in 2009 and 2015. The game has reinvigorated one of college hockey's oldest rivalries. The teams met for the first time way back in 1925, but their meetings tailed off after BU joined Hockey East in 1984. The series was given a new life with the inaugural Red Hot Hockey game event 10 years ago. %Vhen I look back to ... Red Hot Hockey games in the past, I remember special nights for our team, our alumni and our fans," stated BU head coach David Quinn in a press release. =Play- ing on this stage is incredible. We are grateful that Madison Square Garden has invited our team and Corne" back once again." The game will be one of the highlights of the regular season for BU, which has announced a slate of 18 home games for the upcoming 2017-2018 cam- paign. There will be 12 Hockey East contests, four non-con- ference games, and a pair of exhibition tilts. BU will be coming off a fine 2016-2017 season that saw the Terriers compile a 24-12-3 (.654) overall record, a 13-6-3 (.591) Hockey East mark, and a 13-3-2 (.659) home record. The season opener is the earli- est in the 96-year history of BU Hockey--a September 304 faceoff against Union. It will be the first men's varsity regular season game ever played in September. Minnesota State makes its first appearance in Boston when it comes for a pair of games on October 13-14 while the Hockey East portion of the schedule starts with a home matchup against UConn on October 204. Denver comes to Agganis Arena for a non-conference game on October 274. Highlights of the November home slate include games with Providence (November 3rd), North- eastern (November 4th), and New Hampshire (November 114). Boston College and UMass- Lowell, which shared the regular season crown with BU last year, play at Agganis in December. The Terriers will play the Eagles on December 2nd and then face the River Hawks on December 94. Maine makes the long trip from Orono for a Hockey East clash on January 6th while Providence is back at Agganis on January 134. Merrimack comes in on January 204 while UMass furnishes the opposition on February 94. The final weekend of the regular season has BU hosting Vermont for two games on February 23~ and 244. MORE OF THE SAME?--The headline at the top of the NHL. corn piece indicated that there have been basically no signili- cant changes with regards to the Brulns' roster as the sum- mer free agency signing period neared the conclusion of its second week. "Bruins staying mostly intact during quiet offseason" read the header to the story written by staff writer Ben Zweiman. The piece goes on to state that the lineup entering the 2017-2018 regular season is expected to be fundamentally the same as the one last year. The problem is that this is essentially the lineup that brought Bruins Nation three nail-biter regular season finish- es over the past three seasons, with the final determination of whether the Black and Gold would make the playoffs coming down to literally the final day in two of them. Last season, the Bs clinched their first playoff berth with the slimmest of margins, getting the nod on tiebreakers. If the Bs had lost one more game in regula- tion time over the course of the regular season, they would have been sitting on the sidelines for the third consecutive year. And what of those two prior years? Well, the Bs were denied a playoff berth on the last day of the season in each of those two campaigns, having to depend on the outcome of games between other teams (outcomes they had no control over} to determine if they would geta playoffberth. Ob- viously, things didn~ go their way. So, one might think that a team with such a recent his- tory might be somewhat more active in the summer months, when steps are taken to improve rosters for the coming season. Instead, Zweiman noted that (as of July 114) the Bruins have chosen =not to sign anyone so far in free agency." This means that head coach Bruce Cas- sidy, who took over the reins after Claude Julien was fired on February 74, will be forced to make the Bs a contender "with almost the same lineup from last season." It's true that the Bs were good down the stretch with Cassidy, go- ing 18-8-1 before being bounced by Ottawa in the first round of the playoffs. But a full season is a different story and the scene being set is less than optimal. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Divlalon Probate and Family Court Department 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI17W0552WD SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION PIERREUNE VINCENT, Plaintiff(s) V. GABRIEL SOCRATE, Defendant(s) To the above named Defendant(s): A Complaint has been presented to this Court by the RaintJff(s), Plereline Vincent seeking sole custody of the minor child Kevin Vincent, You are required to serve upon Plerstine Vincent - pleinl~f(s) . attorney for plain- tiff(s) - whose address is 6 Fountain Ave., Somerville, ILk 02145 your answer on or before August 4, 2017. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer in the office of the Register of this Court at combdge. HON. EDWARD R DONNELLY, JR., Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Camlxidge, thla 30th day of June 2017, Tara E. DeCrletofaro, Register of Probate Court Run date: 7/14/17