Re: How were old timers so good?
Magna has hit the nail on the head. In terms of longevity, I wonder if modern science has aided fighters to fight longer on then before. That, and the fact that fighters don't fight quite as often and thus don't get worked out. Moore had close to 200 fights. Hopkins has less than 70 I think. Hopkins is nearly 50 and capable of schooling fighters that clearly lack craft (Pascal). Moore was 45 by the time of the Clay fight. How much of a discrepancy in craft was there during Moore's LHW reign than Hopkins? Is it just a case of Moore wearing down quicker because of the amount of fights he had. Hopkins also gets the benefit of modern science. There are weak points in virtually all eras, and at varies division by division. I would agree with the consensus that things appear to be clearly getting worse, though.