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Old 06-24-2007, 10:59 AM   #17
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Default Re: Gene Tunney v Joe Louis

Originally Posted by Duodenum
Tunney very probably identified the same deficiencies of Louis that Schemling and Jack Johnson noticed prior to Louis's first defeat, also Joe's susceptibilty to feints which Pastor picked up on in their initial meeting. Tommy Farr demonstrated that Tunney could have outjabbed Louis. Joe was a textbook combination puncher, but he didn't have the mixture of one punch power and footspeed needed to send Gene to Spintown. Tunney wouldn't have considered trying to take Louis out as Conn did.

As fast as Carpentier was, what Tunney did to him could have served as the genesis of the phrase, "Boxed his ears off." Joe could have caught Gene with the same sort of counter Dempsey used to set up the Long Count KD. Like a past prime Mauler though, Joe lacked footspeed needed to finish the job, before Tunney could recover from any distress Louis managed to inflict.

Tunney W 15 Louis
Exactly what I was thinking.
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