Saturday, November 17, 2007

Question of the Week

Dwight, Frankfort, Indiana
Subj: Put 'em up
What is the longest boxing match in history and who was involved?

The world’s longest pugilistic contest took place April 6, 1893 in New Orleans between Andy Bowen and “Texas” Jack Burke. The two men took turns beating the snot out of each other for 7 hours and 19 minutes before the match was finally declared a “no contest” when both fighters were unable to emerge from their respective corners. Burke never fought again and Bowen died on December 14th of the following year after striking his head on the floor in a match against George "Kid" Lavigne. All things considered, it makes Mike Tyson’s ear chomp seem almost humane.