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Old 07-22-2012, 05:13 PM   #74
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Default Re: Sam Langford vs James Jeffries 1910

Originally Posted by apollack View Post
In 1910 Langford was still only 5'7" and 165-170 pounds. And he wasn't a defensive wizard like Johnson. Just because the best defensive fighter in the world made Jeff miss, doesn't mean a much smaller in every way Langford, who was not as brilliant defensively, would do the same. Totally different style of fighter. It is like B-Hop or Ward making offensive fighters look silly and miss everything, and then that same offensive fighter gets in there with a guy who will mix it or doesn't have the same amazing D, and suddenly the guy who looked silly in one fight looks great in another.
Like you I think Jeffries was a force in his prime, but by 1910 I'm not even sure that his chin was what it had been.

If on the other hand you are right, and Jeffries could have beaten Langford in 1910, then Johnson should be getting a lot more credit for beating him!
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