Shelby's "fight that won't stay dead" celebrated July 4
July 12, 2023
The ill-fated Dempsey-Gibbons World's Heavyweight Championship boxing match held a century ago was celebrated last weekend in Shelby. The event is likely Montana's most illustrious sporting event because it was such a massive failure and bankrupt several of its backers, including four banks that had to close. It all started as a publicity stunt by some realtors in Shelby hoping to draw attention to the burgeoning prairie town and sell real estate.
The stunt ended up in an iron clad $300,000 contract with Jack Dempsey, through his infamous manager Jack 'Doc' Kearns. When the promoters from...