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American Boxing: From Dempsey To Marciano

The modern day sport of boxing has its basic roots in the cultures of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Comprised of physical combat between two persons in a designated space primarily utilizing gloved fists, Boxing became popular in the United States in the early twentieth century. This popularity came in part from the accessibility of boxing matches to large audiences made possible by radio broadcasts and later televised broadcasts.

Four American boxers have been honored on U.S. postage stamps; Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano.

32c Jack Dempsey single

The 32-cent Jack Dempsey stamp was issued February 3, 1998 as part of the Celebrate The Century Series. (Scott 3183m)

Scott 2766

The 29-cent Joe Louis stamp was issued June 22, 1993.

Scott 3187k

The 32-cent Rocky Marciano stamp was issued May 26, 1999 as part of the Celebrate The Century Series. (Scott 3187k)