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THAT'S OUR BOY

YES, THERE REALLY IS A REASON JACK DEMPSEY WAS CALLED THE MANASSA MAULER.

Dempsey died in 1983 and was buried in Southampton Cemetery on Long Island. Espinoza, who at 83 years old claims to be the oldest mayor in the state, still tears up when he thinks back to that time a dozen years ago.

"I had a boxing match five days after he died. And I got up in the ring and I asked them to ring the bell five times and give a moment of silence." He pauses and wipes his eyes. "I wished I had known him better. He was a gentleman and a half."

Espinoza says he plans to organize several fights in Manassa on Dempsey's birthday, June 24, as a tribute. "I'm going to have a good boxing match for him this summer," he vows. "I'm going to get the best boxers in Colorado and New Mexico.

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