The "Nonpareil" Dempsey predated the Manassa Mauler, so it was probably appropriate at the time for La Blanche to say he was "the man who beat Dempsey." I am pretty sure La Blanche died before Jack "Manassa Mauler" Dempsey hit the height of his fame. And Nonpareil was pretty famous in his own right until Fitzsimmons clobbered him.
Originally Posted by Mordschlag
If I'm not mistaken it was pretty routine back in the day to take the name of a past boxing great for yourself.
Yes, he did. Shelby, Montana. Jack Dempsey defended against Tommy Gibbons.
Originally Posted by lordbd
Kearns was so canny, he hired a train to get him out. There's a book about (I've got it somewhere). He got his nickname from Dempsey. When Kearns used to lay out the promotion etc etc, Dempsey would say "You're the Doctor" and it stuck, as "Doc".
Added to my reading list. Eddie, it's a pleasure having another old-timey boxing enthusiast here on the site.
On an unrelated note, I really wish there was a good bio of Jim Jeffries, Gentleman Jim, John L, or Bob Fitzsimmons available on kindle.
You're welcome, Sir.
I don't remember reading biographies on any of them, although I've read much of them through The Ring mag dating from the 1950s (I used to have the entire series...what a piece of luck).
Gentleman Jim did produce his manual "Scientific Boxing" which the very kind Kirk Lawson scanned and put on lulu.com as a Free Download. He's a Gent. Use the Search feature here on Bully and it should come up. :-)