Re: How were old timers so good?
The difference is in the past every city had many great boxing gyms populated with excellent trainers. In eras prior to the modern social programs you had to be tough to survive and those that rose to the top were the toughest of the tough. There was also an emphasis on the finer points of the game so lost talents such as feinting, blocking,slipping and countering to vital areas of the body. Watch closely as an example the skill of Langford to move step wise into a larger opponent guard, Dempsey bobbing and weaving and feinting to freeze his opponent allowing him to land short ko blows to the body and head. Louis blocking shots and countering with 4, 5, 6 counter blows. There is a lack of great trainers and with this a huge lack of really talented fighters. This is seen to a great extent in the hwt division where fans are at a point where they are so impressed with the size of very inept low skilled fighter. Finally the divisions have been so watered down due to the ease of being able to win a championship.....nearly everyone can win a paper title and call themselves a champion there is little need to hone difficult to attain skills