Recruiting

Appendix Thirty One

Exerpt from the book 'Gene Tunney' by John Jarrett

Tunney wins over Ted Jamieson for Light-heavyweight AEF Champion (in Paris)

The finals were held at the Cirque de Paris and his first opponent was a guy called 'KO' Sullivan. His real name was Peter Miroche and he was from Shenandoah, in the Pennsylvania coal regions. A tough, slugging southpaw, he had already mixed it with top fighters like “Battling” Levinsky and Jack Dillon back home. Tunney knew the best way to beat a southpaw was with a right hand, but he didn't have one that night in Paris. He did have a good left hand, however, and over ten rounds it was good enough to beat Sullivan and put Tunney into the final against Ted Jamieson, who had been amateur champion of America before getting into uniform.

From Milwaukee, Jamieson was a good fighter who would later fight the great Harry Greb; In fact he became one of only seven men to deck the Pittsburgh Windmill. Gene Tunney knew he would have to use his right if he were to beat Jamieson and win the title, so he did, to the best of his ability, allied to that solid left jab. In the tenth and final round a left hook to the jaw put Jamieson on the canvas. He beat the count but he couldn't beat Tunney that April night in 1919 and the lad from Greenwich Village was crowned AEF light-heavyweight champion by referee Jimmy Bronson, watched by high-ranking officers and dignitaries including General Pershing, General Foch and Prince Albert of Belgium.