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Old 03-15-2013, 12:03 AM   #18
Rex Tickard
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Default Re: Dick Tigerīs Prime..

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Originally Posted by Flea Man View Post
And yes, McGrain is right, Tiger could look exceptionally plodding. Andre Dirrell would mug him in this fashion, and I barely rate that kid.
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Originally Posted by red cobra View Post
Absolutely..styles. as it was said by some witty boxing writer of his time...a good trombone player beats Tiger. An allusion to a steady jab and good footwork.
I think these assessments are a bit harsh. Granted, Tiger clearly preferred fighters who stood in front of him, but he did have some notable success against boxer-movers as well. He beat Gene Armstrong 3 out of 3, and brutally stopped him in the 3rd fight. He dominated a slick boxer/spoiler in Willie Pickett. Don Fullmer made him struggle to land a solid punch, but basically just gave away every round in the process. Gene Fullmer managed to box his way to an ugly draw in one fight, but was beaten decisively in the other two. Giardello beat him twice, but was himself beaten in their other two fights. The losses to Archer and Griffith were both considered close, hotly disputed decisions in the opponent's adopted hometown. And while Benvenuti may not have been a "runner" per say, he was still a well-rounded boxer-puncher.

IMO, a fight with Dirrell would look like Tiger's fights with Pickett and Don Fullmer, with Dirrell making Tiger struggle but losing every round in the process. Remember, Giardello and even Griffith also had some power to go along with their boxing skills.
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