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Becker Island

Becker Island is an island in Franz Josef Land, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russian Arctic. Becker Island was named after Moritz Alois Becker, the general secretary of Austrian Geographical Society. Becker Island is narrow, stretching from East to West, it is located straight south of Rainer Island. Its length is its average width 3 km; the Kupol Surova ice dome covers the western part of the island. The highest point of Becker Island is a 165 m high summit located at the eastern end; the eastern half of this island is unglacierized. The eastern headland, Cape Galkovsky is close to the island's highest point; the western headland is Cape Lopast. List of islands of Russia List of glaciers in Russia UNEP - Islands Geographic data

Gene Tunney

James Joseph "Gene" Tunney was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, the American light heavyweight title twice between 1922 and 1923. A technical boxer, Tunney had a five-fight light heavyweight rivalry with Harry Greb in which he won three, drew once, lost once, he knocked out Georges Carpentier and defeated Jack Dempsey twice. Tunney's successful title defense against Dempsey remains one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight, he retired undefeated as a heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928, after which Tunney was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine. Mary Lydon from Culleen House, Kiltimagh, County Mayo, emigrated to the United States after the Great Famine, she settled in New York City, where she met John Tunney from Cill Aodain, Kiltimagh. They married after a short courtship; the Tunneys had seven children. At an early age, Tunney was inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt to become physically fit.

Tunney fought some 68 official professional fights, losing only one, to Harry Greb, while fighting as a light heavyweight. Tunney fought many other fights, he lost none of these "newspaper decisions." He reported that he lost a second fight during World War I, a 10-round decision, to Tommy Loughran, as a Marine before he began his professional boxing career. Tunney was regarded as an skillful boxer who excelled in defense. In addition to beating Dempsey, the most famous fighter of his era, Tunney defeated Tommy Gibbons, Georges Carpentier and many other fine boxers; the U. S. Expeditionary Forces champion, Tunney spent the winter of 1921 as a lumberjack in northern Ontario for the J. R. Booth Company of Ottawa, without revealing he was a champion boxer, he explained this as "wanting the solitude and the strenuous labors of the woods to help condition himself for the career that appeared before him."Tunney had a brief acting career, starring in the movie The Fighting Marine in 1926. No prints of this film are known to exist.

He was elected as Ring Magazine's first-ever Fighter of the Year in 1928 and elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980, the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 and the United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1928, Tunney married the former Mary "Polly" Lauder. Mrs. Tunney was born into the Lauder Greenway Family. According to a 2007 biography, Tunney promised Polly that he would quit boxing and defended his title only one more time after the second Dempsey fight, against Tom Heeney of New Zealand. After Mr. Tunney's retirement, the couple lived in Stamford and raised four children, they had three boys including John Varick Tunney, a U. S. Representative and U. S. Senator from California from 1965 until 1977, their one daughter was Joan Tunney Wilkinson of San Francisco. Who was committed to McLean Hospital on June 6, 1970, after she murdered her husband, Lynn Carter Wilkinson Jr. Previous to his marriage to Mrs. Tunney, Tunney was sued in 1927 for breach of promise by Mrs. Katherine King Fogarty.

Tunney died at the Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut at the age of eighty-one, after suffering from a circulation ailment. He was interred at Long Ridge Union Cemetery in Stamford, Connecticut Tunney was a thinking fighter who preferred to make a boxing match into a game of chess, not popular during the times when such sluggers as Jack Dempsey, Harry Greb and Mickey Walker were commanding center stage. Tunney's style was influenced by other noted boxing thinkers such as James J. Corbett and Benny Leonard, it is incorrect to think of Tunney as a stick-and-move fighter in the Ali style. While Tunney's heavyweight fights against Gibbons and Dempsey featured his fleet-footed movement and rapid-fire jabbing, his earlier bouts the five against Harry Greb, demonstrated his vicious body punching and willingness to fight toe-to-toe, it was Benny Leonard who advised Tunney that the only way to beat Harry "The Human Windmill" Greb was to aim his punches at Greb's body rather than his head. Always moving and boxing behind an excellent left jab, Tunney would study his opponents from the first bell.

He preferred to stay outside and nullify any attacks, while using quick counters to keep the opponent off balance. In his fights against Jack Dempsey, today's viewer can see Tunney's style: hands held low for greater power, fast footwork that adjusts to every move his opponent makes and quick and accurate one-two style counter-punches with the left and right. Tunney was never knocked out, while only being knocked down once, that in his second fight with Dempsey in the infamous Long Count; this makes him one of only five Heavyweight champions, alongside Rocky Marciano, Riddick Bowe, Sultan Ibragimov and Nicolai Valuev to retire without suffering a stoppage defeat. Tunney, along with Marciano and Vitali Klitschko is one of four heavyweight champions to have retired as champion and to have ended their career with a win in a