Princeton Students Pose After Boxing Match, 1893
Since boxing gloves were already the norm in 1893, and bare knuckle boxing was pretty much outlawed by that time as well, it would be safe to say that the matches these boys were in must have been gruesome to watch. As in gruesome cool, but none-the-less, gruesome. Even more gruesome to be in, by the looks on their faces. Natch.
The Mayor is looking at the glove worn by the pugilist on the right, the guy sitting down, and he thinks that may be a speed glove. Maybe a bag glove, but probably a speed glove. Then again, with all the damage to to these guys, he might be wearing a glove to conceal a mangled hand.
That sounds about right.