Strange But True: Self-Destruction

Heavyweight boxer Jack Doyle was nicknamed “The Irish Thrush.” He was handsome, and he liked to sing Irish songs. However, other boxers didn’t think much of his fighting ability. After his “bout” with a fighter named Eddie Phillips, it became clear that Doyle would never threaten any champions.

In the second round, Doyle advanced on Phillips and threw a mighty roundhouse right. He missed completely. Doyle’s momentum carried him over the ropes. He hit his head on the ring apron, knocking himself unconscious, and fell to the floor below. The referee counted ten and the fight was over.

Jack Doyle had succeeded in knocking himself out!

From Strange But True Sports Stories by Howard Liss. Illustrations by Joe Mathieu.

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