A boxing fight between world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and world light-heavyweight champion Georges Carpentier. On Saturday, July 2, 1921, in the contest, the strength and power of Dempsey was too much for the Frenchman, who was knocked out in the fourth round, with a broken thumb.
The bout took place at Boyle’s Thirty Acres, a large wooden bowl arena. The octagonal arena was built specifically for the world heavyweight championship bout. It was initially due to hold 50,000 fans. However, the demand for the international extravaganza was so enormous that promoter Tex Rickard had to expand the arena to hold a capacity of around 90,000 fans.
Boyle’s Thirty Acres had the greatest seating capacity of any amphitheater ever built. It was situated around Montgomery Street and Cornelison Avenue, on a plot of marshland owned by John F. Boyle, site of today’s Montgomery Gardens public housing complex.