No one knows for beyond any doubt who instituted the boxing maxim "southpaws ought to be suffocated during childbirth," yet a decent hopeful would be George Chip, who lost the middleweight title to left-gave Al McCoy in 1914.
In the event that things had worked out as expected, Chip could never have battled McCoy in Brooklyn on that disastrous day. McCoy was initially booked to box George's sibling, Joe Chip. In any case, when Joe turned out to be sick, George consented to have his spot.
The title was hanging in the balance, however, it appeared like a simple payday. Under the predominant New York rules, McCoy needed to win by knockout to guarantee the title. All Chip needed to do was complete on his feet.
As it turned out, he wouldn't last a round.
As indicated by syndicated editorialist Robert Edgren, when Chip missed with a correct hand, McCoy countered with a left that "began some place close to his knees" and "landed decently on the purpose of the hunching champion's unguarded jaw."
Chip went down hard and was tallied out at the 1:55 characteristic of the first round, making the 19-year-old McCoy, the child of a nearby legitimate butcher, boxing's first southpaw champion.
McCoy's disturbed of Chip is as great a place as any to start investigating the myth of the "southpaw curse." The decades-old bromide is in vogue once more, because of the up and coming oddity session between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
McGregor simply happens to be left-given, a reality some have proposed would be to the Irishman's favorable position. Is there any trustworthiness to this perspective? Or, then again would the MMA star be similarly also off sticking a lucky charm to his trunks?
All myths have a measure of truth. It's what makes them conceivable. In any case, as a general rule they are misleading statements, a method for making conviction give off an impression of being learning.
How about we begin with the genuine part.
For quite a long time, southpaw boxers had a significantly more troublesome time looking for some kind of employment than their privilege gave partners. Chiefs and promoters avoided them. Mentors attempted to "turn them around," a doublespeak for showing lefties how to box out of a customary position.
On the off chance that there is a curse, for the greater part of the twentieth century, it was provided a reason to feel ambiguous about the lefties, not their adversaries. Southpaws were the oddballs, attempting to transcend neighborhood saint status and profit.
Partiality against them, be that as it may, is not without some legitimization. There have dependably been significantly more right-gave boxers than left-handers, so there will undoubtedly be a sure measure of ponderousness for righties confronting a southpaw's perfect representation. This is particularly valid for unpracticed and brings down level boxers who do not have the aptitude as well as cheerful readiness to make the best possible modifications.
It was the approach of a modest bunch of excellent southpaws, for example, Lew Tendler and Tiger Flowers (the principal African-American middleweight champion), that started to change things. These folks were basically too great to be in any way overlooked.
McGregor supporters who take aid in Mayweather's battles with southpaws DeMarcus Corley and Zab Judah are overlooking one remarkable detail: Mayweather won the two battles in a persuading way. The knocks en route simply made the battles additionally fascinating, never an awful thing from an observer's perspective.
The foe who came nearest to beating Mayweather was Jose Luis Castillo, a universal weight warrior with no dread and a crashing left snare to the liver. The explanation behind Castillo's accomplishment in their April 2002 battle had nothing to do with his position. The Mexican verged on pulling a miracle since he had a swarming, inside diversion that kept Mayweather on the ropes and defenseless.
When you get directly down to it, southpaws are more a bother than a curse, and on occasion a contributing component in one of the boxing's couple of dependable precepts – styles make battles.
That same guideline will apply when Mayweather and McGregor move into the boxing ring at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 26. Albeit one would be unable to put a mark on McGregor's boxing style, battling out of a left-gave position wouldn't give him an edge.