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Classic Favourite fighter and why

#41
Another thing Willie said in that book was...regarding his bout with Johnson..."hey man, I just got lucky, that's all"....what refeeshing honesty. One of my favorites...Willie Pastrano is,...Harold Johnson is another!
Honest Seems on the whole to be more of a bygone era thing. Another thing Robinson did that I liked was be honest. In his immediate post-fight interview (1st of kind on TV) after Graziano bout, he was asked if was hurt by Graziano's punch when he got dropped and replied along lines of, "they all hurt."

Similar when asked about fighting Charles/Marciano, said his manager Gainsford was trying to get him killed. Was no bigging himself up.
 
#42
my son asked me this the other day...i answered fairly quickly and kinda surprised myself.
i chose orlando canizales.
not saying he was the greatest of anything...but he was so good at his best vs his peers...and he had a style that was so up my street...some of the punches he threw gave me goosebumbs just looking at a tv screen...for me, he was amazing to watch.
 
#43
Jack kid berg , he discovered that the all action style suited him best and would be compared to favourably with greb with his punching volume . Yes he lost fights but in his day there wasn't the amount of protected fighters there are now . He beat kid chocolate and tony canzoneri yes he lost to canzoneri in a rematch but berg was totally weight drained when he lost by ko . Their first meeting was described as the worst beating canzoneri had taken in his career at that point . Berg was a great fighter who gets overlooked today .
loved reading that post.
so much folklore around him too.

also...i liked eric boon too...who at domestic level was quite a legend too.
 
#46
an afterthought on this...another favourite of mine was michael watson...i was gutted the night he fought mccallum...not only, like canizales, did he have such a pleasing style..he was, as shown in the mccallum fight, braveness personified
 
#47
Smokin Joe Frazier for me.

I find his style aesthetically pleasing, his attitude, honesty, pride and determination to be inspiring and his Ali rivalry to this day with both men gone, absorbing.

He was a fighters fighter and you'd have to dig very deep to find a fighter anywhere with anything negative to say about him (Foreman, Norton, Lyle and even the curmudgeonly Holmes all spoke glowingly of the man and fighter).

Special mentions to RJJ, Johnny Famechon, Evander Holyfield, Joe Louis, Lionel Rose and Ali.
 
#48
I can't really decide on a favorite fighter since I've seen so many great ones over the years. Hell, I'd have a hard time picking a favorite out of each division, and I'm talking about just the 8 division champs there were when I was coming up before they started breaking each division down to 3-4 lb. differences in titles.

Junior Welterweight
Welterweight
Super Welterweight

Bullshit to have the Alphabet Soup of boxing federations have their paper champions.
 

Haggis

CHB World Championship People's Champion
#49
I think it's Lennox Lewis. Smart guy, dignified, great in the ring. Had all the technique and could impose and consistently follow a game plan. He boxed the shit out of David Tua at long range for 12 rounds, but he rushed Michael Grant and bombed him out quick before Grant got settled in his first huge title fight.

Ended up with the best legacy out of Tyson, Holy and himself, and walked away holding the belts and having avenged both of his career defeats by KO. Still The Man, he never ducked a challenger and nobody ever got the better of him in the end. When there's a big boxing get-together, I reckon Lennox carries a special aura because he went out of the sport on his feet instead of his back, and almost nobody in the HOF did that.

:hat
 

Phantom

Curious member...
#50
Carlos Monzon I suppose. Undefeated as champion...went unbeaten for the last 13 years of his career...retired as unified, undisputed middleweight champion with 14 defenses. Retired having fought 100 (59) fights...with an 87-3-9-1 record...having avenged all 3 defeats.
So much that's impressive there...IMO the greatest of the middleweight champions.
 
#51
Like I mentioned in my prior post, I can't just pick one, but will do so from each of the 8 original weight classes and you folks can pick it apart.

Heavyweight---Joe Louis, 25 title defenses, great fighter who possessed good movement, good power, ring savvy.

Light Heavyweight- Bob Foster. Just liked the guy as a no nonsense foe who came into the ring to get the fight over as quickly as he could.

Middleweight---Carlos Monzon, enough said

Welterweight---here's where I may take heat, but Tito Trinidad is my pick. He reigned for 6 years and successfully defended the title 15 times. He was both a great boxer and brought devastating power to the ring.

Lightweight---Roberto Duran---see Monzon

Featherweight---Willie "Will O' The Wisp" Pep----not much power as his KO ratio indicates, but a masterful boxer.

Bantamweight---Orlando Canizales--16 title defenses and had some bang in his fists.

Flyweight---really don't know much about the little guys since most are Asian fighters that I've not seen fight, or at least don't remember their fights.
 

Phantom

Curious member...
#52
Like I mentioned in my prior post, I can't just pick one, but will do so from each of the 8 original weight classes and you folks can pick it apart.

Heavyweight---Joe Louis, 25 title defenses, great fighter who possessed good movement, good power, ring savvy.

Light Heavyweight- Bob Foster. Just liked the guy as a no nonsense foe who came into the ring to get the fight over as quickly as he could.

Middleweight---Carlos Monzon, enough said

Welterweight---here's where I may take heat, but Tito Trinidad is my pick. He reigned for 6 years and successfully defended the title 15 times. He was both a great boxer and brought devastating power to the ring.

Lightweight---Roberto Duran---see Monzon

Featherweight---Willie "Will O' The Wisp" Pep----not much power as his KO ratio indicates, but a masterful boxer.

Bantamweight---Orlando Canizales--16 title defenses and had some bang in his fists.

Flyweight---really don't know much about the little guys since most are Asian fighters that I've not seen fight, or at least don't remember their fights.
great choices gumbo!:thumbsup
 

Phantom

Curious member...
#53
Wish I could do the list thing.....it's agony for me really. I can make mention of some more favorites...
Sugar Ray Robinson - As they say, the greatest P4P....and the deadliest puncher of all,
Jose Mantequilla Napoles - One of the classiest, most aesthetically pleasing of all fighters IMO.
3 feathers come to mind...Salvador Sanchez, Willie Pep and Vincente Saldivar
The great defensive genius...Nicolino Locche, "El Untoccable"
The mighty fly...Miguel Canto...my all time favorite at flyweight.
Sorry, like I said, I can't do lists.
 
#56
birthday was in june...or will be in june....thanks brother :)

on gumbos list.....joe louis was my favourite for a long time....and bob foster, he was breathtaking...i honestly think if i was around before he fought ali, without hindsight, i would have been tipping him to beat ali...i'd have been preaching about he needed to win 7 rounds on the cards and he had the ability...shows how much i know :)
 
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