Found January 09, 2014 on The Queensbury Rules:
There exists a certain breed of nostalgia that fuels interest in eras long completed in boxing -- more specifically, the "Theodore Roosevelt, safari for fun, bending steel beams as a hobby" eras. The ones we generally only have pictures of, if we do at all. The men who boxed then hardly fought in what could be described as a "sport" or "game"; they required a kind of disdain for rules, safety and ethics that is purely alien to us now.  Imagine a man whose rule-breaking and ferocity was too much even for that era.  A 1992 article in The Ring magazine announced Smith as "The dirtiest fighter of all time." One can likely confirm without video evidence, though: Smith had lost five times by disqualification at the time of his scrap against Kid Lavigne in March of 1899. In one of those DQ losses, this time to Charles "Kid" McCoy, the Boston Herald said, "It looked as if knees, heads and teeth were being used, with Smith most t...
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