Throw Back Friday Edition: ” The Ghetto Wizard ” Benny Leonard.

Benny Leonard is considered one of the best, if not the best lightweight that ever lived. Roberto Duran is often argued the best that ever did it at lightweight as well.

Benny is one of my favorite pure boxers, he was slick and viscous. He fought everyone he could and during his prime was simply magnificent.

The late great Ray Arcel trained both Leonard and Duran and couldn’t decide who was indeed better at lightweight. They were both amazingly brilliant.

I have the Ghetto Wizard at #7 on my all time P4P list. Read why and then watch both clips as to why Benny is considered one of the best purest boxers that ever did it.

Benny Leonard: 89 wins/71 K.O.’s/1 Draw/ 5 Losses/ 115 no decisions

The “Ghetto Wizard” Benny Leonard was said by the great trainer Ray Arcel who trained Leonard, that Benny was the smartest fighter he has ever seen. His amazing ability to out think, and out whit his opponents was unparalleled. He was a masterful boxer, with great punching power rarely losing rounds in many of his fights. He was very smooth and relaxed in the ring. Everything a boxer could and should be. He was the sweet science.

Leonard has been called the Muhammad Ali of the Lightweights as he fought the eras best. This was at a time where it was said that the best Lightweights all appeared at one time in the division. He would talk to his opponents too when he was rarely hurt. Benny retired undefeated as Lightweight Champion, but came back after the stock market crash of the great depression.

He was a shell of himself though being knocked out by Jimmy McLarnin in the 6th round in his last fight. Still Benny’s brilliance was undeniable. He loved to train and polish his brilliant skills. He is argued by many as the best Lightweight ever.

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6 Responses to “Throw Back Friday Edition: ” The Ghetto Wizard ” Benny Leonard.”

  • Adam Says:

    Rob, what’s your opinion of Kostya Tszyu? My reach is abysmal, and I’ve been studying he and Marciano quite a bit…

  • admin Says:

    Adam, Tszyu was a machine! I really liked him cause he was always a total pro, fundamentally sound but a bit too upright and mechanical.

    I always thought a prime Tszyu would crush a prime De La Hoya, his timing was just so good along with his power.

    Another fight I wanted to see was Tsyzu against Floyd Mayweather Jr. that would have been a great fight.

    Tsyzu was very disciplined and paid attention to details and the basics…

    Its a great idea to study him indeed Adam!

  • Adam Says:

    Thanks for the response and I completely agree; Floyd and Tsyzu would have been one for the ages!

  • admin Says:

    My pleasure Adam, post a comment anytime and I’ll be glad to reply!

  • Adam Says:

    Rob, totally see what you meant about Tszyu being somewhat mechanical. He didn’t use a lot of movement up top and seemed to rely on waiting to slip punches at the last second, then countering. I think his amazing accuracy is what made it work for him.
    Incidentally, I saw a training video of Tszyu’s on youtube where he placed three coins on the back of his hand, threw them into the air, then snatched each one individually with that same hand. I was impressed. Definitely going to try that out and see if it helps my own accuracy in the coming weeks…
    Also, congrats on your coaching success in the tourney.

  • admin Says:

    Thanks Adam, my guys fought hard! Let me know how that drill works out for you.

    Rob

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