Today, but in 1921, New Jersey hosted the so-called “Fight of the Century” between champion Jack Dempsey, who was defending his title for the third time. His opponent in turn was Georges Carpentier.
George Rickard, ‘Tex’ was the author of the title of the fight and with which he gained much fame and popularity, Both fighters obtained percentages of the fight 25 percent for each boxer.
The Boyle’s Thirty Acres arena was built for an event of this magnitude where 90 thousand souls could witness this fight, the tickets had the price from 5.50 dollars to 50 dollars.
As an anecdote to see the arena crowded with fans, it is said that promoter Rickard said he must have doubled the price of the tickets.
The final box office that managed to raise the fight was of 1 million 789 thousand 238 dollars, which by the standards of those years, turned it into the fight with better collection and better audience both in the stands and television.
The fight was to end in the fourth round with a knockout in favor of Jack Dempsey.
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