Jun 25 2010

Throw Back Friday Edition: Archie Moore.

Archie Moore: 199 wins/145 K.O.’s/8 Draws/26 Losses/1 No Contest

The ” Old Mongoose” Moore fought for 27 years. He was the only fighter to have fought both Marciano and Ali losing to both. Has the highest K.O. ratio ever at 145! Won the Light Heavyweight Title at the ripe age of 39 beating Joey Maxim. A age were most fighters are shot or retired.

His best division was Light Heavyweight. Beating Jimmy Bivins, Harold Johnson, Joey Maxim ( who beat an older Ray Robinson ), and Yvon Durelle in a memorable fight were Moore was dropped 3 times in the 1st round alone, and later came back to K.O. Durelle in the 11Th round.

Moore fought 9 world Champions and 7 Hall of famers. Moore lost to the great Charley Burlley in a bout, and was beaten 3 times by Ezzard Charles being K.O. once. Still his ability to fight competitively at such an advanced age is a rare feat.

Moore symbolized grit, determination, and mastered a boxing style that enabled him to compete some say until his early fifties!

This is why I keep saying great is awarded far to quick to today’s fighters. Cherry picking titles in multiple weight divisions earns you that?! Um… Read what Archie accomplished again and watch another time to see the truth in this.

Now watch and learn form one of the best!