Originally Posted by Woddy
Probably because after living through the Jack Johnson era, the white community knew what black fighters were capable of acheiving at this point. Therefore, fearing that a black contender might just take the belt away from Dempsey. Although I'm forcing implications a bit here, one might conclude that Dempsey was being protected in this particular sense.
I guess you could say he was being protected to a certain extent, though I'm sure it had more to do with keeping the belt away from any black fighters than keeping it with Dempsey.