105 years ago today - Jul 4, 1919

William Harrison ("Jack") Dempsey is the first Mormon to be the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world, which title he maintains until 1926. LDS boxers of similar status are Gene Fullmer (Middleweight Boxing Champion, 1957), Don Fullmer (American Middleweight Champion 1965), Danny Lopez (Featherweight Boxing Champion of the world, 1976-80), Javier Flores (Super Bantamweight Champion of North America, 1978). Mormon inductees into the Boxing Hall of Fame are Jack Dempsey (1954) and Gene Fullmer (1974).

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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