In an era where fights ended in draws or some other ambiguous fashion about as often as they ended convincingly, a fighter being able to wrangle a significant amount of stoppages or decisive victories was, in itself, impressive. Doing so against fighters that a large percentage of grown men in the sport refused to face made for a more unique feat. When skin color divided boxing into...
The names Sam Langford and Ed "Gunboat" Smith would be enough to pen an entire shelf-full of books. But while one is often considered one of the greatest fighters to ever smash his mitts into a pair of gloves, the other is largely lost to the wake and smoke trails of history. They fought twice, though, highlighting massive social issues of the time, and underlining what...
The state of California enjoyed a passionate, on again, off again love affair with prizefighting, which was declared illegal, banned, re-allowed and compromised upon various times in every major Golden State city between 1900 and 1910. When boxing's popularity would peak, many fights were contested over only a few rounds, and in some jurisdictions, decision verdicts weren't...
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