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    GIBBONS VS. DEMPSEY.

    Dempsey won in a 15-round decision.  But that's not the end of the story.  Shelby, Montana (sobriqueted 'Oil
    City') wanted badly to host this 1923 fight - evidently to gain national recognition of its worth.  Financially, the bout was a disaster as champion Dempsey was guaranteed $310,000; Tommy Gibbons, a share of the residual.  Seven thousand fans showed up, and three banks, who shouldered the event, went boots-up.  Among that paltry crowd, one bought this souvenir watch fob (perhaps the only one sold that day), yet it presently survives for our readership.  Its perimeter dates the fight and cites its venue.  Measuring 1 1/4" in diameter, the gold-plated surface has moderately tarnished, but the piece is otherwise undamaged.  Its detail is admirable, though the reverse is featureless.     



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    July, 2004
    29th Thursday
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