Sep 18 2014

Flash Back Thursday: WAR-Round Of The Year In 1990!

I remember this fight, Mark Breland was the best amateur ever with a 110-1 record! He won the Worlds in 1982, and the Olympic Gold in1984, he was different as a pro though…Who could forget what Aaron Davis’ eye looked like?! Great war, and the sound of the KO, that crack, chilling! The violence of the ring evident in this war.

I miss Alex Wallau, he was a great commentator….


Oct 15 2010

Throw Back Friday Edition: ” The Boston Terror “Sam Langford.

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Sam Langford, ” The Boston Terror “, ” The Boston Bone Crusher”, ” The Boston Tar Baby ” is an old school legend. There is very little footage of his fights, but the great ones never die in history.

If he was fighting today, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a young Roy Jones Jr. wouldn’t be looked at as so amazing and that’s the truth.

ESPN calls Sam ” The greatest fighter nobody knows ”

The Ring has him ranked #2 on their list of ” 100 greatest punchers of all time ”

“The hell I feared no man. There was one man I wouldn’t fight because I knew he would flatten me. I was afraid of Sam Langford.” -Jack Dempsey Former heavyweight Champion and on of the most viscous fighters ever. –

The founder of ring magazine and famed historian Nat Fleischer has him rated as one of the best heavyweights ever.

Read on and watch for yourself just how good ” The Boston Tar Baby ” was. I have him ranked #9 in my all time P4P list.

Sam Langford: 137 wins/99 K.O.’s/31 Draws/23 Losses/59 No Decisions/2 No Contests

” The Boston Bone Crusher” Sam Langford fought Lightweight all the way to Heavyweight and was avoided by the era’s top fighters like the plague. His best weight however was middleweight. Sam stood 5 ‘6 1/2 and often gave up 20-50lbs to his opponents.

He was a very dynamic fighter having very fast hands, feet, and a vicious body attack. He could also jab very well often controlling opponents & fights with it. His defense was very impressive, he mastered the feint, and could bob, slip, roll and counter punch very well.

Sam was said to be well ahead of his time being able to do it all. Out thinking his opponents, while fighting outside, and inside with amazing speed and savvy. Jack Johnson beat Langford when Sam was a Light Middleweight while Jack a Heavyweight. Johnson would later refuse Sam numerous rematches as Sam rose in weight and skill.

Even the murderous power puncher Stanley Ketchel refused to meet Langford in a official fight. They did meet in a 6 round no decision affair with Sam reportedly getting the best of Ketchel.

As stated above, Heavyweight great Jack Dempsey was even said to have admitted that Sam would have beaten him. Sam lost the majority of his fights while being blinded in one eye. It was speculated he suffered from a detached retina.


Oct 1 2010

Throw Back Friday Edition: Joe Gans

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131 wins (88 KOs) 9 losses and 13 draws.

” The Old Master ” Joe Gans was a sensational fighter. He was lightweight champion form 1902-1908. He was well ahead of his time and the same could be said of him today if he fought.

He was the definition of a complete fighter. Amazingly fast while equally deadly with his hands. He was a viscous body puncher, clever counter puncher, slick with his feet and hands while punching in on unique angles.

Many historians consider Gans the best ever at evading/blocking punches. his heavy and pin point combos allowed him to stop opponents almost at will.

Pretty hefty praise for Joe huh? Well consider what these boxing legends said about Gans.

Jack Johnson in regards to Gans footwork… (Ring 1941, 16), “Joe moved around like he was on wheels.”

Bob Fitzsimmons… “Gans is the cleverest fighter, big or little that ever put on the gloves. He is also a hard hitter. He uses one hand as equally well as the other and can score a knockout with either”, Seattle Times, Sep. 2, 1906.

So those that think Floyd Jr is one of the best ever… Think again… Watching Joe Gans makes today’s so called great fighters ordinary.

Now see for yourself ” The Old Master ” at work.


Jul 30 2010

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.