Originally Posted by burt bienstock
Many years ago in an OLD ring magazine , I read a quote by an old time heavyweight named Sandy Ferguson...Ferguson drew with Sam Langford in the early 1900s and was one of Bob Fitzimmons sparring partner...He was quoted as saying that Fitz would have kod Langford with body punches..Ferguson felt convinced of that...For what it's worth.!
What old Fitz must have been in his prime, at the age of 25 ? WOW...
There are sharp hitters who surprise with speed. There are thudding hitters that have a lot of power. Fitz was both a sharp and thudding hitter, but what made him different is he also planted his punches through their target with shifts of weight and momentum. Such punchers are rare.
The fact Fitz he had an uncanny knack for landing in the right spot made him extremely dangerous.
As for Fitz's age, many of his fights are missing. Fitz himself claimed he had 300 fights. I think his first recorded stuff is winning a Jim Mace tournament.