Thread: Luther McCarty
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Old 08-11-2007, 06:16 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mendoza
I wonder how much of McCarty was hype? Remember this was the white hope era of boxing and any white heavyweight who had a chance to defeat Johnson might have been over rated in the eyes of the press.
I think that it is fair to say that he was the best of the white hopes.

GunBoat Smith beat more impressive fighters while Johnson was champion. Smith was White too, but he never got a shot.
Smith crossed the street whenever he saw Johnson. He was happy to sit on his "white" alphabet title.

How good was McCarty? Good. If he was very good Johnson could have avoided him too.
Some sources suggest that Johnson McCarthy was already signed when McCarthy died.
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