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September 14: today is Boxer’s Day in Argentina

On September 14, 1923, Luis Angel Firpo lost by knockout in the 2nd round against Jack Dempseyat the Polo Ground in New York and that day, before



On September 14, 1923, Luis Angel Firpo lost by knockout in the 2nd round against Jack Dempseyat the Polo Ground in New York and that day, before 85,000 spectators, a fundamental page was written in the history of Argentine boxing.

It was because of that controversial and bloody -there were 9 falls! in the first round- combat that in Argentina is commemorated, every September 14, the Boxer’s Day.

Firpo had a legitimate triumph on his hands when pulled out of the ring to the “Matador de Manassa”, who recently returned to the 17 seconds and, say those who were present at the stadium, he did it with the help of third parties. However, referee Jack Gallaher did not decree the victory of the Juniense, who would have been crowned heavyweight world champion.

After that presentation of the “Wild Bull of the Pampas”, in Argentina the official practice of the discipline was allowed, which until then had been prohibited.