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Old 07-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #15
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Default Re: Question about Marciano and Dempsey

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Originally Posted by SuzieQ49 View Post
So Jack Dempsey gets credited here for destroying big men who are clumsy, untalented, uncoordinated...yet he gets more credit for it than Marciano who actually beat a 6'2 213lb fighter(37 year old Joe Louis) who knew how to jab, had sound fundamentals, had good skills, knew the concept of timing, was crafty, and used solid defense.

None of Dempsey's 6' + 200lb + opponents had anywhere near remotely these kind of skills....so why does Jack get so much credit for destroying big dumb tree logs, while Marciano actually had to beat a fighter much bigger/taller than him who actually knew how to fight despite his advanced age?
It wasnt just that Louis was old. He was shot. Joe was a one handed fighter that night. Louis had no right hand. None. Rocky Marciano said after the fight that Louis righthand was nothing.

Joe was 213lbs at that point in his career. We know that his best fighting weight was about 200lbs. That is the only elite or close to elite fighter that Marciano beat that was even close to be considered big.
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