Originally Posted by META5
Dempsey's was more dedicated, but a prime Louis' bodywork would've carried a lot more sting and a lot more accuracy than the faded or even "shot" version of Dempsey that Tunney faced.
Do you honestly doubt that a prime Joe Louis who realises that Tunney is fleet of foot, so concentrating on the body will kill the legs, would have less more success than the Dempsey that Tunney fought?
I don't know if it would or not. Tunney may have been an Ali type or SRL type, who might have been seemingly impervious to this sort of tactic. Joe's body attack was suggested as partially responsible for Conn coming off his toes late in their first encounter, Of course Billy was much lighter than Tunney, but probably not as fanatical in his conditioning habits. Jack was also hitting Gene low a great deal in both their matches, indicating that Tunney wasn't simply giving his body away to Jack. Some top notch defensive performers are particularly adept at picking off bodyshots. (Wilfredo Gomez comes to mind.) Gene's own footwork could aid as a deterrent to this, in and of itself. Joe would certainly need to get after Gene in this way however.