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Luther McCarty

Born: Mar 20, 1892

Death: May 24, 1913

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Luther McCarty

Date of Birth : Mar 20, 1892
Date of Death : May 24, 1913
Birth Place : United States of America

Luther McCarty was a heavyweight boxer who is considered by most to be the greatest of all the "white hope" fighters who fought during the time of Jack Johnson. Ironically, McCarty was largely believed to be born of both Irish and Native American descent, his father, who went by the stage name Chief White Eagle, was according to some sources actually a gypsy born in Italy, and sold healing potions as part of a traveling road show. His mother died shortly after his birth. McCarty, solidly built and agile, stood about 6'4", and used his 80" reach to throw his strong left jab to both his opponents head and body with equal accuracy. Though he was at his best controlling the action from a distance, he also possessed a powerful right hand, a devastating left hook to the body, and a punishing uppercut that he would use when his opponents tried to fight him in close. In addition to his physical strengths, McCarty also had a cool fighting style, never appearing in the ring too nervous or affected by his opponents.

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