Originally Posted by red cobra
You fail to appreciate that the purpose of his jab, as innocuous as it was, was to lull the opponent to sleep and make him forget about the right. It worked and was very effective against Patterson, and others among his ko victims. He wasn't an Ali, Louis, Dempsey, or a Marciano, in terms of all around skills, but if you can appreciate a fighter who does basically one thing well. like for instance, Earnie Shavers, then you can take in consideration an Ingemar Johannson, who. if he wasn't much good at anything else, he was great at lulling an opponent to sleep with a range finding jab, and then blasting them with a very effective, brutal straight right hand. Give him that much at least.
It was not a range finding jab in the fight I was speaking about. It could hardly even be called a jab for that matter. I have certainly never seen anyone else throw jab that was as silly and awkward as that, and I've seen a lot of fights. I know Jack Slack was famous for using such punch, and reportedly Jack Broughton found some use for it after Slack defeated him, but that's the only example of such punch I know of. It made little sense in the bareknuckle epoch, and it makes no sense at all in the gloved epoch.