We’ve all seen old cartoons that take place in a boxing ring, where one of the boxers sneaks a horseshoe into his boxing glove so that his punch will “kick like a horse”. But why was this trope so commonplace?
My brother claimed that back in the olden days, there was a boxer who wore gloves that were vaguely shaped like a horseshoe. The rumor, predictably, spread that this shape was due to a horseshoe actually being in his boxing glove. But I’ve never seen any hint of this rumor outside my brother’s say-so.
Is there any truth to it? How did the “horseshoe in the boxer’s glove” myth get started?