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.

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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.

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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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