- Associated Press - Thursday, August 28, 2014

SPECULATOR, N.Y. (AP) - A village in the Adirondacks is dedicating a new park to Gene Tunney, the Hall of Fame boxer who trained in the North Country before his two epic bouts with Jack Dempsey nearly 90 years ago.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (http://bit.ly/1lboELG ) that Gene Tunney park will be dedicated Thursday afternoon in Speculator, 67 miles northwest of Albany.

Tunney befriended a local man while both were in the Marines during World War I. In 1926, Tunney took up the friend’s offer to come to the remote Hamilton County village to train for his fight with Dempsey.

Tunney won the heavyweight bout in Philadelphia, and defeated Dempsey in the rematch a year later in Chicago.

Other fighters followed him to Speculator to train, including Max Schmeling and Max Baer.

Tunney died in 1978.

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Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.dailygazette.com/

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