|Nonpareil Jack Dempsey|
|Real name||John Edward Kelly|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
December 15, 1862|
Curran, County Kildare, Ireland
|Died||November 2, 1895
|Wins by KO||23|
John Edward Kelly (December 15, 1862 – November 1, 1895) was an Irish-born American boxer, better known as Nonpareil Jack Dempsey who was the first holder of the World Middleweight Championship. 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.
|Loss||Tommy Ryan||TKO||3 (15)||1895-01-18||Sea Side A.C., Coney Island, New York|
|Loss||Bob Fitzsimmons||RTD||13||1891-01-14||Olympia Club, New Orleans, Louisiana||Lost World Middleweight Title.|
|Draw||Professor Mike Donovan||PTS||6||1888-11-15||Palace Rink, Williamsburg, New York|
|Draw||Jack Burke||PTS||10||1886-11-22||Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California|
|Win||Professor Mike Donovan||PTS||4||1886-01-15||Germania Assembly Rooms, New York, New York|
- 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, 13 March 1909.
- Callis, Tracy. ""Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey (John Edward Kelly)". Cyber Boxing Zone Journal.
- Nonpareil Dempsey's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
|Inaugural Champion||World Middleweight Champion
July 30, 1884 – January 14, 1891
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