- Jun 14, 2012
His autobiography was not ghostwritten either. He had the combination of upper arm thickness and reflexes to make his cross-armed defense uniquely effective. (Being a monstrous puncher didn't hurt either. Archie essentially ruined Bobo Olson, previously noted for his durability. When you look at Clay-Moore, you'll notice that young Cassius took no liberties or risks in testing his power.)People talk about Ali and how great a guy he was,and how he was discriminated against. I venture to say that Moore encounter much more discrimination,but never seemed bitter. Had more fights than Ali and didn't show as many signs of damage. And,only my opinion and not denigrating Ali as he was quite unique,a better man.
Joe Rein claimed not to assess fighters he never personally saw in action, but he made an absolutely brilliant exception well before most others had seen Burley's filmed bout with Oakland Billy Smith. That footage also reflects much of what the Mongoose described of Charley years and years earlier. He passed on the month after turning 75. Interview footage of him late in life reveals a soft spoken character with full mental faculties. (Burley is seated. It can't be ascertained from that snippet whether or not he is physically impaired with arthritis, sciatica or some other hindrance not related to boxing. He worked in sanitation. Making and keeping civilized life possible can wear a body down significantly. During WW II, he worked in a factory making aircraft. Daily physical labor with heavy wear and tear for pay is not a ticket to a long quality of life.)
Eder Jofre gets a free pass at 81 for his public boxing exhibitions and other fitness displays. This is ridiculous:
Vegans who base their dietary practices on idealistic "morality" can shorten their lives and undermine their health and longevity with unhealthy eating habits. (Paavo Airola is the most famous such vegan quack, dying of a stroke at age 64.) Rural Seventh Day Adventists historically seemed to know something about healthy eating habits, and Jofre is among a few athletes who have successfully maintained a high level of performance with that practice. In any event, as an octogenarian, I give him a free pass. I've known too many who succumbed to Alzheimer's who never reached their 80's without ever taking hits to the head. (Women in their 70's today likely did not grow up playing contact sports, or heading soccer balls. Archery and swimming were my mother's sports in college. She didn't know any girls who competed in any sport involving head strikes. Her father's sister was a high school jock during the 1920's, playing basketball, tennis, golf and other sports which had nothing to do with cranial contact as an objective. She was killed in an early 1930's car accident.)
Jofre is not remotely creaky in his movements like the severely arthritic Frazier on the heavy bag in the last years of his life. Eder circles the bag fluidly, and punches quickly with snap and sharp reflexes. Arthritis is a bitch. Some get it, some don't, and there is some evidence that vegan avoidance of mucus forming foods can deflect the onset and impact of gout and arthritis. (Rice is used to make glue. Being a vegan can cripple you if you're ignorant about it. Jofre is obviously no cripple.)