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|Born||John Edward Kelly
December 15, 1862
Curran, County Kildare, Ireland
|Died||November 2, 1895
Portland, Oregon, United States
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Fighting out of||Williamsburg, New York|
|Professional boxing record|
John Edward Kelly (December 15, 1862 – November 1, 1895) was an Irish-born champion boxer, better known as Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey. He was nicknamed "Nonpareil" because of his reputation of being unbeatable.
In Dempsey's first 65 contests, he lost only 3 times (to George LaBlanche (a loss he avenged) and to Billy Baker twice (both bouts were fixed to have Baker win)). This ended when Bob Fitzsimmons pummelled him around the ring and begged him to concede before he was hurt any more. Dempsey, the reigning champion, would not give up; the fight continued and Fitzsimmons knocked him out in round 13. In his final bout, Dempsey, suffering from tuberculosis, lost to Tommy Ryan.
Though Dempsey beat his first battle with tuberculosis, he died at the Portland, Oregon home of his wife's parents on November 1, 1895 at 32 due to a recurrence of the disease. He was buried in an unmarked grave at Mount Calvary Cemetery. M. James Brady, Dempsey's father-in-law, refused to permit former World Champion John L. Sullivan and John S. Barnes to raise funds to erect a monument over Dempsey's grave. The family believed that the four-foot marble shaft was a sufficient memorial. The matter was thus dropped.
- Callis, Tracy (January 1999). ""Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey…slick and quick". Cyber Boxing Zone Journal.
- Ring Sports Magazine. (Reno, Nevada) April 1994.
- Mt. Calvary Cemetery
- Tacoma Daily Times (Tacoma, Washington), March 13, 1909.
- Callis, Tracy. Cyber Boxing Zone ""Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey (John Edward Kelly)". Cyber Boxing Zone Journal.
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