Jack Dempsey and Jack Burke sparring action shot black & white photo taken at Great Falls, Montana where Dempsey was preparing for his 1923 fight Against Tommy Gibbons SIGNED and INSCRIBED "To My Pal Harry Drake With Best Wishes And Luck" and DATED (1923) by Jack Burke. Presented in original vintage 8 1/2" x 9 1/2"glazed frame.
It was purported that heavyweight contender and regular Dempsey sparring partner Jack Burke dropped "The Manassa Mauler" on 2 occasion's during the session the photo was taken prior to Dempsey challenging Tommy Gibbons, 4th July 1923, Arena, Shelby, Montana, USA.
Jack Burke was listed to fight in the third preliminary of the show against Jimmy Delaney but the promoters were unable to find the money to pay for the contest.
Harry Drake who the photo is dedicated to was a British heavyweight from Windsor, Berkshire who fought Dempsey in numerous exhibition bouts along with being a regular sparring partner for the World heavyweight champion. Drake featured on the Dempsey vs Gibbons undercard losing to Bud Gorman over 8 rounds, Drake would earn $800 for his fight.
In the first preliminary fight, Jack McDonald stopped Ernie Sayles in two rounds. The next fight was between Bud Gorman, a sparring partner for Gibbons, and Harry Drake, a sparring partner for Dempsey. Gorman won by an eight-round decision.
There was supposed to be three preliminary fights, but the promoters were unable to find the money to pay for the third contest. Kearns had to guarantee the money for the two fights that went on.
The third match was to be between Jimmy Delaney and Jack Burke, one of Dempsey's sparring partners. In early June, Harry Greb was mentioned as a possible opponent for Delaney.
George Godfrey, another Dempsey sparring partner, was scheduled to fight Jack Thompson, but the fight was cancelled after Dempsey broke Godfrey's ribs while sparring.
Two proposed preliminary bouts that didn't happened were Tillie (Kid) Herman vs. Joe Simonich and Dandy Dillon vs. Lackey Morrow.
Other boxers mentioned as possibilities for the undercard included Pinky Mitchell, Richie Mitchell, Farmer Lodge, Vic Foley, Pete Bross, Johnny Tillman, Bombardier Billy Wells, and Joe Lynch.
Jack Burke (Jack Dempsey's former sparring partner)
Birth Name: John Burke
Residence: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA