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Old 03-20-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default When did 'Ducking' in boxing start?

I'm relatively new to boxing (first started really paying attention around mid-to-late Roy Jones Jr prime, if that makes any sense lol).

I can remember RJJ 'ducking' certain fighters. So basically my earliest memories of being a 'hard-core' boxing fan, there is always 'ducking' or atleast 'avoiding' going on.

My question is, when did that kind of thing really start? Has it always happened? Is it something that just started with RJJ lol? Because I know they didn't atleast in the 80's.... atleast with Duran/Hearns/Leonard/Hagler.

And after thinking about it a little more before I clicked 'Submit', people say Leonard kind of ducked Hagler, then came out of retirement to fight him when he thought he could beat him (if thats true or not, who knows).
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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I'm relatively new to boxing (first started really paying attention around mid-to-late Roy Jones Jr prime, if that makes any sense lol).

I can remember RJJ 'ducking' certain fighters. So basically my earliest memories of being a 'hard-core' boxing fan, there is always 'ducking' or atleast 'avoiding' going on.

My question is, when did that kind of thing really start? Has it always happened? Is it something that just started with RJJ lol? Because I know they didn't atleast in the 80's.... atleast with Duran/Hearns/Leonard/Hagler.

And after thinking about it a little more before I clicked 'Submit', people say Leonard kind of ducked Hagler, then came out of retirement to fight him when he thought he could beat him (if thats true or not, who knows).
Yep, boxing is a business. They weigh the reward against the risk.

Sugar Ray Robinson didn't want to fight Charley Burley.

Jack Johnson didn't want to fight other Duquans.

People don't fight as frequently today, so it's harder to "fight everyone".
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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Jack Johnson was the king at being ducked
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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Sugar Ray Robinson didn't want to fight Charley Burley.
Ah, never knew this. Why not?
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:14 PM   #5
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Jack Johnson was the king at being ducked
Charley Burley.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Ah, never knew this. Why not?
Charley Burley was a Slick Black American Counter-punching MASTER but wasn't a big draw.

you remember how godly and highly regarded a prime Roy Jonez was? Burley was the prizefighter they compared him to.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #7
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Ah nice! Never knew that. Good stuff Leon.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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Ah nice! Never knew that. Good stuff Leon.
Archie Moore thought Burley was the greatest ever. Eddie Futch said Burley was the finest he's ever seen.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:22 PM   #9
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Not gonna lie, I just box rec'd him :( .

I thought maybe they ended up fighting at some point. But lookin at it, they never ended up fighting o_O
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #10
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It has always been around, Blame Roy Jones and Lennox Lewis for making it exceptable
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:24 PM   #11
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Not gonna lie, I just box rec'd him :( .

I thought maybe they ended up fighting at some point. But lookin at it, they never ended up fighting o_O
heh Burley admitted that if the roles were reversed he too would have not fought Ray
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:25 PM   #12
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Riddick Bowe took it to another level
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Ha. Cool little story about a past era in boxing. Glad I know now.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:26 PM   #14
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Riddick Bowe took it to another level
Just curious, who did Bowe duck? Seriously asking, not being a douche lol.

Edit: You dont have to answer that, I am dumb.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #15
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Lennox Lewis. He threw his title in a trash can.
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