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Old 11-05-2009, 09:44 PM   #68
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Default Re: Benny Leonard was the greatest lightweight of all time - by a long way

Originally Posted by MRBILL View Post
BUT! Having said that, even an average puncher fighter from any weight and any era can and sometimes shocks the public by scoring a vicious KO over a name opponent who was thought to have a solid beard.......
But Leonard didn't "sometimes" shock the public with his KOs. He regularly shocked them.

Originally Posted by MRBILL View Post
But, most of the top challengers of the teens and 1920s were not in fear of Benny Leonard's power going into a fight with Benny....... Benny Leonard was mainly noted for his smooth skills and technique.... That's pretty much the bottom line on Benny Leonard......
Here's from the NY Times' report on Leonard's upcoming challenge of Jack Britton, dated June 26, 1922.

"Because of his brilliant boxing ability and the terrific power of his punches, Leonard has been installed a favorite. Many are confident the lightweight champion will win with a knockout; a majority express the conviction that Leonard will win the decision."
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