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Old 09-23-2009, 06:02 PM   #65
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Default Re: Rocky Marciano or Jack Johnson who was the greater fighter?

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Originally Posted by guilalah
I'm currently reading Clay Moyle's 'Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion'. One thing that seems notable in Sam's set to with Johnson was the disparity of strength between the two at that time. There were occaisions when Sam hurt Johnson, but he couldn't follow through because Johnson would tie him up; where as, when Johnson hurt Langford, Sam couldn't tie Johnson up and was compelled to fight through the bad moments.

I tend to rate Marciano a little over Johnson, but I can't claim to have any convincing arguments that I'm right.

A. D. Philips Nat Fleischers father in law saw the Johnson ,Langford fight and stated that JOHNSON FLOORED LANGFORD A COUPLE OF TIMES ,BROKE HIS NOSE AND CUT HIS EYE,AND WAS NEVER IN ANY DANGER,of course Langford was only 156 lbs to Johnsons 185lbs, no doubt in later years the fight would have been much more competitive.
I'd like to be careful, here, that I don't make Moyle doesn't come across as a Langford fan-boy.
It is very clear, in Moyle's book, that Langford took a beatdown from Johnson in a one-sided contest. Moyle does assert that Sam occaisionally landed effective punches and that both were tired at the fights end; but he certainly admits that Langford received far more facial damage and did not land anywhere near as many punches as Johnson; and Moyle never asserts that Johnson was in any immenent danger of being stopped, just that he was shook on a few occaisions, but tied Sam up before it could develope into anything really problematic.
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