Re: How were old timers so good?
This would be an excellent discussion to involve a poster named Cross trainer, who has devoted quite a bit of time to studying the techniques and training habits of early fighters. I'm not sure if he still posts here nor how often however.
I think every era, weather we're speaking of the 19th century or today, has had its master punchers, boxers, swarmers, etc. Time, devotion to hard work, quality trainers and yes even natural talent all factor into the equation in my opinion. We've had men such James Jeffries, Evander Holyfield, Rocky Marciano and Wladimir Klitschko were dedicated to hard core training.. Others like Max Schmeling, Muhammad Ali and Jack Dempsey who were diligent about studying their opponents and forming game plans for fighting them. Its different for each fighter, but frankly I don't think any era is completely void of talent, nor for that matter filled with immortals.