Archive for the 'Boxing Urban Legends' Category

Did the Term “The Real McCoy” Come From a Famous 19th Century Boxer Known as Kid McCoy?

This is the latest in a series of examinations of legends related to boxing and whether they are true or false. BOXING URBAN LEGEND: The term “the real McCoy” derived from a famous 19th Century boxer called Kid McCoy. The world of sports is rife with colloquialisms, many of which eventually work their way into [...]

Did a Famous Boxer Take the Name of an Older Boxer to Get His Boxing Career Started?

This is the latest in a series of examinations of legends related to boxing and whether they are true or false. BOXING URBAN LEGEND: Walker Smith took the name of an older fighter to sneak his way into competitive boxing at a too-young age. After moving to Harlem with his mother in 1933 when he [...]

Did a Boxing Championship Bout Once End in a Double Knockout?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about boxing and whether they are true or false. BOXING URBAN LEGEND: A boxing championship bout once ended in a double-knockout! First off, almost all states have it written into their rules what would happen if there was a legitimate double knockout (both [...]

Did Oscar De La Hoya’s Cornerman Tell Him to “Run Away” from Felix Trinidad?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about boxing and whether they are true or false. BOXING URBAN LEGEND: Oscar De la Hoya’s cornerman told him to “run away” from Felix Trinidad in a fight De la Hoya would go on to lose. The September 18, 1999 boxing match between [...]

Did Joe Frazier Qualify for the Olympics After Buster Mathis Was Injured…Defeating Joe Frazier?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about the Olympics and Olympians and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the Olympic urban legends featured so far. OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND: Joe Frazier qualified for the Olympics due to Buster Mathis suffering an injury – [...]