Gunfights & Fistfights in Tombstone

By Dennis Taylor on March 21, 2016
Gunfights & Fistfights in Tombstone
What was Earp's role as celebrity ref for the Bob Fitzsimmons-Tom Sharkey title bout?

Earp was more interested in mining than marshaling. The financial upside was much better, and the odds of getting killed were no worse…

Heartbreaking news: The real Doc Holliday bore little resemblance to a young Val Kilmer, and the good citizens of Tombstone, Arizona, regarded him as more of a berserk jerk than dime-store novel superhero.

Wyatt Earp? He was way more interested in mining than marshaling. The financial upside was much better, and the odds of getting killed were no worse.

Boxing historian Christopher James Shelton joined us on Sunday’s Ringside Boxing Show to dish the truth and dispelled the myths about Doc, Wyatt, and another mythical Wild West gunslinger, Bat Masterson (20-some reputed kills in lore, zero in reality).

The good news is that all three Hollywood fabrications were bona fide boxing fans in the era of John L. Sullivan, which provides a whole different library of colorful stories — including Earp’s role as celebrity ref for the Bob Fitzsimmons-Tom Sharkey title bout (a fixed fight).

Hear the entire show now at http://ringsideboxingshow.podbean.com.

Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and host of The Ringside Boxing Show every Sunday at 4 p.m. Mountain, 5 Mountain, 6 Central, 7 Eastern at www.radiomonterey.com.

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  1. bikermike 02:25pm, 04/22/2016

    Ruby Bob..was one tough mofker…..and would not allow the homer decisions to stop his North American campaign.

    When he got the HW CHAMPION OF THE WORLD…JAMES CORBETT….INTO THE RING…..‘FITZ’ DESTROYED HIM   NO OFFICIAL NOR REFEREE COULD DENY THAT HE KNOCKED OUT JAMES CORBETT….IN FRONT OF GOD AND EVERYBODY !!

  2. bikermike 02:17pm, 04/22/2016

    F&ck; Casey…you always crack me up !!

    Love your comments !

  3. bikermike 02:14pm, 04/22/2016

    Fixed Fights ????!?!

    In USA??!!...

    Never….!

  4. bikermike 02:09pm, 04/22/2016

    Historical fiction…...Battle of Little Big Horn

    Custer was used to slaughtering villages of women , children and seniors…but came upon about several thousand , really pissed off , armed warriors…and
    He and his forces broke ranks…and were all killed while trying to escape the battlefield..

  5. bikermike 02:03pm, 04/22/2016

    I really enjoyed ‘The Great White Hope’...starring James Earl Jones as Jack Johnson

    Some artistic license , of course.  But not anywhere near as inaccurate the WWII FICTION OF USA RETRIEVING THE ‘ENIGMA MACHINE’.... THE CODE BREAKING MACHINE….WHICH WAS DONE BY BRITISH NAVY…AND BRITISH NAVY HAVE THE LOSSES TO PROVE IT

  6. Adam J. Pollack 07:12am, 03/23/2016

    My book, In the Ring With Bob Fitzsimmons, has an extensive account of the Fitzsimmons - Sharkey I fight, including the fix allegations and the court hearing afterward. Let’s just say Wyatt Earp was never again used as a referee, at least not for any big fight.

  7. Eric 08:28am, 03/21/2016

    There are always 3 sides to every story, your side, my side, and the truth.

  8. Mike Casey 06:24am, 03/21/2016

    Well, if Christopher James Shelton said it….

  9. Eric 05:32am, 03/21/2016

    Most of “our” history books, and “our” Hollyweird produced “movies” that are allegedly based on historical events, are usually nothing more than utter bullsheet fairy tales, or blatant agenda driven fiction. Always liked the movie, “Tombstone,” but as usual, REEL never equals REAL, especially the Hollyweird version of REAL. Nearly all WWII movies = fairy tales or are just plain old bullsheet distortion of the truth. Always love how Hollyweird explains the following movie is “based on a true story.” teehee. Usually they are really streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetchiiiiiiing the “truth” a bit on that one.

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