Toledo’s Day In The Sun Celebration Announced

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz today announced the events planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the historic Jess Willard vs. Jack Dempsey fight that took place on July 4, 1919 – “Toledo’s Day In The Sun.”

“A century after Toledo’s most famed sporting event, which placed our city at the center of the sports world in 1919 — when Jack Dempsey defeated Jess Willard in a 97,000-seat wooden stadium built at Bay View Park specifically for the heavyweight boxing championship bout — we are bringing the fight of the century back to life this summer,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “This is a first-of-its-kind production, with a replica of the stadium and a free-admission reenactment of the bout on July 4. The series of events will include actors in period dress.”

The events planned for the anniversary include:

Drinks, food, special guests with an exclusive preview of the exhibit at the museum. The event is sponsored by Huntington Bank. Tickets are $20.

  • Toledo’s Day In The Sun Celebration July 4, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Detwiler Park

The free, family-friendly day-long event, which is sponsored by Crestline Paving and Excavating, includes:

o Junior Golden Glove amateur bouts.

o Displays from eight boxing gyms with information and free educational sessions for children.

o DJ, food trucks, drinks, t-shirts, and other merchandise for sale.

o A recreation of the world-famous fight with professional actors trained by Chicago-based fight director Charles Coyl. A portion of the stadium will be built by volunteer help from the Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Local 351. Fred Lefebvre of WSPD-AM 1370 will be the announcer.

  • Toledo’s Day In The Sun Professional Boxing Night, July 6, 7 p.m., at Seagate Convention Center

Six cards, local boxers, historical displays, and more. Confirmed boxers include Robert Mumford, Jr., Antwan Jones, Elias Moreno, and Terrance Jarmon. Tickets start at $25.

The city of Toledo supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability to fully participate in any city program or event, please contact Joan Easler, city of Toledo ADA Administrator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at 419-245-1059.