International Boxing Hall of Famer Gene Tunney compiled a career record of 81-1, including back-to-back victories over legendary heavyweight king Jack Dempsey in 1926 and (in the infamous "Long Count" bout) 1927. More fascinating, though, is that Tunney was a self-educated man who quit school at 15 to help support his family as a dock worker, and, while learning to defend himself on New York City's roughest streets, became a voracious reader and a self-educated man.
In retirement, he became close friends with George Bernard Shaw, one of the most-celebrated playwrites in history, a relationship that forms the centerpiece of "The Prizefighter and the Playwrite," a biography written by his son, Jay Tunney.
Jay Tunney spoke in-depth about his famous father on the July 1, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, including the "Long Count" fight, the friendship with Shaw, and much more. This was one of the most interesting interviews we've ever done on our show. Don't miss it.