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Old 01-25-2013, 05:03 PM
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Default Dempsey's "duck" of Greb

Seems open and shut to me personally.

http://www.boxing.com/dempseys_bloodhound.html

But it is after their August of 1918 bout that Jack Dempsey first becomes a part of our tale. Levinsky had been vocal about a fight with Dempsey, but in the wake of this second loss to Greb, eyes turned to Harry. Would he want to face the world’s latest fistic sensation?

Under the Pittsburgh Post headline “Greb Beats Levinsky; Challenges Dempsey” it was announced by Greb that he was “anxious to take on” this so-called “Manassa Mauler.” Nobody that has shown an interest in his career can be surprised. Greb would fight anyone.

For Levinsky meanwhile, a rethink was in order. According to the Milwaukee Journal “...he will go into hiding for a while so far as being matched with Jack Dempsey is concerned.” This is all understandable, simple and fair. Battling Levinsky had a Dempsey fight on his horizon, but now Greb has beaten him twice, this lucrative fight belongs to the victor, right? Wrong. We are now entering Dempsey-World.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:27 AM
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Greb was a special fighter too bad there is not more footage of him. I have a book on gene tunny that has chapters on greb , dempsey and a few others that describe grebs sparring session with jack and how frustrated jack was.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:48 AM
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Another great article.

It does seem open and shut. It would not have done wonders for his legacy to be caned by a man who moved up from middleweight in the middle of his title reign.

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There has never been any doubt in my mind the Dempsey ducked Greb.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:20 PM
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I think Dempsey would have likely pulled out a victory... but I do agree that he wasn't willing to take the risk. It's too bad. We would have finally had video footage of Greb had this fight taken place.
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