Originally Posted by younghypnotiq
didnt they allow grappling back then? not UFC type where they are on the ground most of the time but couldnt you throw people? im looking for some manuals on boxing back there i found one on john L. sullivan i will post it up when i find it again
They allowed you to throw your opponent. All holds above the waist were considered legal, and trips were also permitted. No shooting for the legs and no groundfighting.
In short, it was probably enough to secure takedown defense against most guys who don't specialize in takedowns, which is why I would suspect that Sullivan and company would be able to blast through most of the early UFCs.