Originally Posted by The Funny Man 7
One of boxings truly amazing phenomenons, regardless of how much one may believe athletes have improved over the last 100 years.
Jimmy looks to frail to carry a spit bucket, let alone throw punches, but Gene Tunney unequivocally called Wilde the greatest fighting machine he'd ever seen, a particularly amazing comment when one considers that Gene had only seen Wilde when Wilde on beginning to lose a step in the ring.
Wilde is best remembered for his AMAZING punching power, which is even more amazing when one remembers he typically weighed in between 96-102 pounds while fighting fully fledged flyweights and bantamweights. But its often forgotten that Wilde had blinding handspeed, he was extremely agile, and he was very, very calm and poised inside the ring, which allowed him to fight round after round without getting tired.
While its hard to gauge where Wilde should rank all time relative to someone on this side of the century like Jones or Mayweather, I don't think anyone can deny 'The Ghost With the Hammer in His Hand' was a rare creature.
is truly a correct term. His fighting life is just unbelievable -- who can forget Wilde's mark in the legendary Boxing Booths?
He, at times, would fight grown men
over 100 pounds heavier than him -- at just 16 years old.