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Luis Angel Firpo
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    (October 11, 1894-August 7, 1960)
    Born in Buenos Aries, Argentina
    Heavyweight boxer
    Record of 32 wins (26 by knockout), 6 losses
    Best-known for his title fight against heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey (September 14, 1923)
    Nicknamed ‘the Wild Bull of the Pampas’
    He had little boxing skill and relied on sheer brute force in his fights.
    In his only title bout, he lost by KO in the second round.
    He retired, came back, retired again, came back again, then finally retired for good.
    During his title bout, he knocked Dempsey out of the ring during the first round.
    Dempsey probably would have been counted out if the reporters he had landed on had not helped push him back into the ring.
    A 1950 poll of Associated Press sportswriters named the Dempsey-Firpo fight the most dramatic sporting event of the first half of the 20th century.
    He and Dempsey co-managed boxer Abel Cestac, who became the heavyweight champion of South America.
    He was so popular throughout Latin America that one of El Salvador’s leading soccer teams named itself Club Deportivo Luis Angel Firpo.

Credit: C. Fishel

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