Thread: Luther McCarty
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:05 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Mendoza
I would say McCarty had ability, but Gunboat Smith was clearly the best of the white hopes. Smith once knocked Johnson out in a sparring session. Gym stories aside, from 1910-1914 Smith beat the following fighters:

Frank Moran, Jess Willard, Fireman Flynn, Carl Morris, Tony Ross, Sam Langford, Jack Blackburn, and Arthur Pelky. This list wins over name fighters is more impressive than Johnsonís entire lot of title defenses.
Gunboat Smith is not realy a white hope. He was white yes but he would have been part of the boxing scene Johnson or no Johnson.

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The White hope era is completely mis-understood. While being white got you the title shot, the fighter had to be flawed in Johnsonís eyes for him to accept the match. It is ironic that the two best ď white hopes ď in terms of ring ability in Smith and McCarty did not received title shots. Willard did, and he defeated Johnson. Moran, who was a solid contender gave Johnson a very close fight.
Johnsons primary motivation was money. He esentialy met the title challengers whose managers could offer him the biggest advance whether they were good bad or indiferent.



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Smith was Johnson sparring partner at times. He was not afraid of Johnson at all, but he was smart enough to know who was paying him.
Smith confided to friends that he did not want to fight Johnson untill he was a few years older.
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