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Old 07-10-2007, 04:36 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tom Cribb vs. Joe Louis

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Originally Posted by janitor

I am admitedly asuming that Louis employs his usual combination punching.



Whatever he picked up in his previous tavern brawl I guess.



Even if Louis dose this it will be a bit of a case of learning on the job.
Quite so. I've often wondered about the talent pool in the very early 19th century. Training theory was abysmal, from the manuals I've seen--one routine calls for a combination of jellied meat, chocolate, and various types of alcohol (plus a single nut for breakfast ), while others consisted of dehydrating the guy until he's nearly dead mixed with vomiting and a diet of a single type of meat and dry bread.

On the other hand, there seems to have been a relatively large base to build on--plenty of local champions at country fairs and suchlike, a relatively sophisticated support establishment, and a large population of fit young men from heavy manual labor jobs. Plus, of course, that unnatural toughness that comes from living under third world conditions.
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