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Encyclopedia > Luis Firpo
Luis Firpo and his handlers
Luis Firpo and his handlers

Luis Ángel Firpo, (October 11, 1894? - August 7, 1960), was an Argentine boxer of enormous transcendence. Born in Junín, Argentina, he was nicknamed The Wild Bull of The Pampas. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (754x1024, 90 KB) Luis Firpo [and his handlers: G. Widmer, A. Mayer, J. DeForest] Digital ID: ggbain 35723 Source: digital file from original neg. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (754x1024, 90 KB) Luis Firpo [and his handlers: G. Widmer, A. Mayer, J. DeForest] Digital ID: ggbain 35723 Source: digital file from original neg. ... October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Boxing, also called prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing), the sweet science (a common nickname among fans) or the gentlemans sport (used mainly in England), is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight classification fight each other with their fists in a series of... Junín is a city in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina Categories: Argentina geography stubs ... This article is about the lowland plains in South America. ...


In 1917, Firpo began his professional boxing career by beating Frank Hagney by a decision in six in Buenos Aires. Originally declared a no decision, the bout's result was later changed to a win for Firpo. Boxing, also called prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing), the sweet science (a common nickname among fans) or the gentlemans sport (used mainly in England), is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight classification fight each other with their fists in a series of... BUE redirects here. ...


For his second bout, he traveled, on January 1918, to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he suffered his first defeat, a first round knockout at the hands of Angel Rodriguez. He put a string of six wins in a row after that, and so on November 1 of 1919, he found himself challenging Dave Mills in Santiago, for the South American Heavyweight title. He lost on that occasion by a decision in 15 rounds, but then came back with a win over Andres Balsa by a knockout in round six. Department Montevideo Department Altitude 43 m Coordinates 34º 53S 56º 10W Founded 1726 Founder Bruno Mauricio de Zabala Population 1,325,968 (2004) (1st) Demonym Montevideano Phone Code +02 Postal Code 10000 Montevideo -pron IPA: is the capital, largest city, and chief port of Uruguay. ... Knockout (also referred to as a K.O. or knock), is a winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai and others sports involving striking. ... Angel Rodriguez is a 2005 film, that showed at the Toronto International Film Festival under the title Angel. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... David L. Mills is a university professor and software engineer. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


On April 20 of 1920, he and Mills had a rematch and Firpo won the title with a first round knockout. After one more win, he and Mills faced each other in a rubber match, and the result was the same as that of their second bout: Firpo the winner by a knockout in the first. In 1921, the quality of Firpo's challengers improved, when he defeated fringe contender Gumboat Smith twice, the first by decision in 12 and the second by knockout, also in 12. April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ...


In 1922, he continued his rise in the Heavyweight rankings by winning all four of his fights by a knockout.

Firpo sending Dempsey outside the ring; painting by George Bellows
Firpo sending Dempsey outside the ring; painting by George Bellows

Firpo began 1923 by knocking out former title challenger Bill Brennan in the 12th round. He followed that with seven more wins in a row, including wins over Jack McAuliffe and former world champion Jess Willard. After a win against Charlie Weinert, Firpo challenged world Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, at New York on September 14. Firpo became the first hispanic in history to challenge for the world's Heavyweight championship when he met Dempsey. Firpo was floored seven times in that combat before he trapped Dempsey against the ropes and launched a combination that sent Dempsey out of the ring in round one. Dempsey hit his head against a writer's typing machine, and for one moment, it looked as if Firpo would become the first Hispanic in history to become world Heavyweight champion. But Dempsey got up at the count of nine, and proceeded to knock Firpo out in round two. However, it is known that the referee for that match counted the seconds incredibly slow when Dempsey fell. 17 seconds passed till Dempsey stood up. This fight has been called by critics and experts as one of the greatest fights in history. Despite losing, Firpo gained substantial fame all over Latin America after this bout, as many people on different parts of that region spoke about his feat of dropping Dempsey. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1151x937, 183 KB) Title: Dempsey and Firpo Date: (1924) File links The following pages link to this file: Luis Firpo Jack Dempsey versus Luis Firpo George Bellows ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1151x937, 183 KB) Title: Dempsey and Firpo Date: (1924) File links The following pages link to this file: Luis Firpo Jack Dempsey versus Luis Firpo George Bellows ... George Bellows George Wesley Bellows (August 19, 1882 - January 8, 1925) was an American painter, known for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City. ... Bill Brennan (born June 23, 1893, died June 15, 1924) was an American boxer who fought and lost to World Heavy Weight Champion Jack Dempsey twice. ... Jess Willard, born December 29, 1881 in St. ... William Harrison Jack Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was an American boxer who held the world heavyweight title between 1919 and 1926, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest champions of all time. ... NY redirects here. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... The Hispanic world. ... The Jack Dempsey versus Luis Firpo fight was a historical boxing fight: It was the first time that a Latin American fighter would challenge for the world Heavyweight title, and it would be one of the defining fights of Dempseys career. ...


In 1924, Firpo won his first three fights by knockout, but then lost his last two by decision, the last of which was to legendary Black challenger Harry Wills. Harry The Black Panther Wills (b. ...


He retired for a short period, but came back in 1926 to beat Erminio Spalla by a decision in ten. Then, he kept away from the fight game for nine years, but he attempted another comeback in 1936, winning two fights before being beaten by a knockout in three by future Joe Louis challenger Arturo Godoy. Joseph Louis Barrow (May 14 (sources differ), 1914 – April 13, 1981), better known in the boxing world as Joe Louis and nicknamed The Brown Bomber, was a native of LaFayette, Alabama who became the world heavyweight boxing champion. ... Arturo Godoy was a Chilean boxer born in Iquique, Chile, in 1910. ...


Firpo's popularity around Latin America could not be measured until years later, when a professional football team in El Salvador, a Latin American country that is thousands of miles away from Firpo's Argentina, was named after him. In addition, various schools, streets and avenues across Latin America have been named after him. Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Firpo had a record of 32 wins and 6 losses in 38 fights, with 26 wins by knockout.


Afterwards, he became a car-dealer for Stutz and a rancher. On his passing in 1960, Luis Firpo was buried in La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires. His mausoleum has a statue of him at the front. La Recoleta Cemetery is a famous cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. ...


He was named by the Ring Magazine as one of the 100 greatest punchers of all time in 2003. Front cover of the first issue of Ring Magazine Ring Magazine is a boxing magazine that was first published in 1922. ... In 2003, Ring Magazine published a list of 100 greatest punchers of all time in boxing, as voted by the magazines writers. ...


See also

The Jack Dempsey versus Luis Firpo fight was a historical boxing fight: It was the first time that a Latin American fighter would challenge for the world Heavyweight title, and it would be one of the defining fights of Dempseys career. ... Club Deportivo Luis Angel Firpo is am El Salvadorean El Salvador. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

External links

  • Gene Tunney's description of Firpo's multimillionaire success after retirement from the ring.

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Luis Firpo (613 words)
Luis Angel Firpo (1894-1960), better known as Luis Firpo was a boxer of enourmous transcendence in Latin America.
Firpo was floored seven times before he trapped Dempsey against the ropes and launched a combination that sent Dempsey out of the ring in round one.
Firpo's popularity around Latin America could not be measured until years later, when a professional football team in El Salvador, a Latin American country that is thousands of miles away from Firpo's Argentina, was named after him.
Roberto Firpo (1122 words)
On one occasion, when Firpo interpreted the pasodoble "¡Qué salga el toro!", when one of the members of the orchestra shouted the title in the middle of the interpretation, Carlitos –using his index fingres as if they were horns- rushed at the musicians who fell on the floor.
Firpo's career was very long and in no few occasions he went back to the small line-up, like his long lasting quartets and diverse settings –in the first of them, of 1933, Juan Cambareri already played, “El Mago del Bandoneón” (the wizard of the bandoneon)- or his excellent Quinteto de Antes.
Firpo was one of the greatest tango musicians, with a great musical knowledge even though he stuck to the most traditional school of the genre.
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