Sunday, December 8, 2019

Jack Dempsey In Delmar

From the Bi-State Weekly Friday July 19, 1940


Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion of the world, will appear as the headliner of the seven all-star amateur boxing bouts which have been scheduled by Johnny Bainbridge, promoter, at the Coliseum, one mile south of Delmar, tonight, (Friday). Dempsey will referee all seven bouts which will bring together in a return bout Buck Jones of Baltimore and Howard Hitchens of Salisbury.

Hitchens in the last bout held at the Coliseum won on a technical knockout over Jones in the last three seconds of the fifth and final round when the referee stopped the bout. Both are expected to weigh in at 170.

The six supporting bouts will bring together amateurs from Wilmington and Baltimore. In the semi-final a five round bout Leroy Mason of Baltimore will fight Mike Dimattel of Wilmington. Both will weigh 180 pounds.

The five supporting bouts will be three rounds affairs. Lou Brown of Baltimore, who has won the last three fights at the local area on knockout will fight Frank Martinzes of Wilmington; Charles Chummy of Baltimore will fight Paul Colzone of Wilmington; Frank Howath of Baltimore versus Gal Gileasleve of Wilmington; Jim Forrest of Baltimore versus Jim Willis of Wilmington and the opening bout will bring together Rossario Jeppi of Baltimore and Calvin White of Wilmington.

This is the second time that Dempsey has appeared on the Delmarva Peninsula since he lost the heavyweight crown to Tunney in 1927. several years ago he refereed at Pocomoke, Bainbridge is expecting a crowd of several thousand to witness the fights.

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