The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
 
Hoax Museum Blog Posts From
September 2011
Did Dempsey load his gloves?
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 01, 2011
Brian Cronin has an article posted on the LA Times site discussing the question of whether Jack Dempsey "loaded" his gloves during his title fight against Jess Willard on July 4, 1919. Apparently this has been a lingering controversy in boxing ever since the fight itself, inspired by the fact that Dempsey didn't just defeat Willard, but absolutely pummeled him senseless, knocking him down seven times in the first round alone. There are two theories of how Dempsey might have loaded his gloves. The first is that Dempsey coated his hands with plaster of paris, so that he was essentially hitting Willard with cement blocks. But as Boxing Illustrated discovered when they tested this theory, plaster…
Categories: Sports Comments (2)
Page 2 of 2 pages  < 1 2
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.