Re: How were old timers so good?
I guess the answer is having more fights.
Actual fights itself is the only one that can bring the necessary experience needed by a fighter.
In my personal observation, a veteran who has 50 fight experience can display some economy of movement in order to achieve such results compared to a very talented youngster with only 20 fights can only practice in the gym.
Look at Bernard Hopkins, he's near 50, yet still able to compete with younger guys and sometimes make them look uncomfortable, or downright silly. That's because the man has learned the very basics of his craft. And he's even learned some "dirty" stuff which was designed to play mind games on the opponent.