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Old 11-05-2009, 08:11 PM   #67
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Default Re: Benny Leonard was the greatest lightweight of all time - by a long way

Originally Posted by WhataRock View Post
You do realise Bill that Benny fought in many charity bouts judged by the local newspaper which were often short 4-6 rounds, fighters were encouraged to go the rounds to give the crowd a show (a lot of the write ups for Benny's fights talk of him boxing circles around his opponants and coasting, doing what he had to)..His knockout percentage in title fights is nothing to scoff at, in fact its something like 75% and considering the opposition he beat thats pretty good.
Okay... Okay...... I'll retract the earlier statement that Leonard couldn't crack an egg........... But, I still contend that he was not known nor seldom ever credited during his day as a vicious puncher...... Benny Leonard was mainly known and credited as a sound boxer with skill and finess..........

Leonard ended up becoming a referee when he died in the ring after a bout in the late 1940s of a heart attack, all at the tender age of 51 or so....... Bizarre for a former world class athlete who was lean..... Though Leonard had plumped up pretty good after his career was over for good...... Yet, kinda' a befitting way to go........... Leonard was indeed a true ringer.........

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