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Old 02-21-2008, 07:44 AM   #1
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IMO the most underrated/ unknown (great) p4p- fighter right now on this forum, what do you think about him? He hold wins over the likes of Petrolle, Corbett III, Benny Leonard, Ross, Canzoneri, Ambers, Pancho Villa (I rate this win also pretty high, because both weighed almost the same, I think Jimmy at the most 5 lbs more, and Pancho reached his prime), etc., I think you could rank him at the best also in your top 10- p4p- list (9th or so), his resume is massive...
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:58 AM   #2
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IMO the most underrated/ unknown (great) p4p- fighter right now on this forum, what do you think about him? He hold wins over the likes of Petrolle, Corbett III, Benny Leonard, Ross, Canzoneri, Ambers, Pancho Villa (I rate this win also pretty high, because both weighed almost the same, I think Jimmy at the most 5 lbs more, and Pancho reached his prime), etc., I think you could rank him at the best also in your top 10- p4p- list (9th or so), his resume is massive...
Mclarnin had a very astute manager in Pops Foster ,who contrived to get Jimmy a weight advantage in a lot of fights,that said he was a genuine great fighter ,with good skills and a very fast ko right hand.The Baby Faced Assassin,before Barrera.
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:30 AM   #3
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I didn't know much about this guy until I read a big article about him in a local newspaper here in Southern California. I guess this guy was a pretty big legend down at the San Pedro and Wilmington dock yards where he worked as a longshoreman. He was a genuine tough guy who would basically fight anybody anywhere. I think I saved the article; it came out sometime last year in the Press Telegram. I know this old timer that goes to the Bally's Total Fitness gym where I go and he knew Jimmy. He said Jimmy was always a little "off" in the head - those were his exact words! He said he was a crazy guy who was always wacky.........Also, the old timer that told me this used to box way back when....I know he had an extensive amateur background and was a champion in the navy. His name is Owen Ellis - he's about 84-85 years old right now. He was from Kentucky, and he once had a boxing match referreed by Jack Dempsey. And I can tell this guy was a genuine ass kicker back in the day. At his current age, he's about 5'10(down from his prime height of 5'11") and weighs about 200 lbs. He likes to show off in front of the mirror at the gym by grabbing a couple of 35 or 40 pound dumbbells and pounding himself in the stomach with them. He makes a big show of it! LOL......But he's really cool
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:30 AM   #4
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Yep McLarnin is an all time great and has fought a who's who his fights with Ross are legendary non stop I would like to see his fights against Canzoneri.
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i actually made a post similar to this before, hes from vancouver so hes from my area, lol. Yeah his resume is wicked, sweet scientists will say shit like he shouldnt be top 10 p4p cuz of incocnsistent losses. Please his wins resume far surpasses that of guys like whitaker, hagler, etc. Much better wins.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:20 PM   #6
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i actually made a post similar to this before, hes from vancouver so hes from my area, lol. Yeah his resume is wicked, sweet scientists will say shit like he shouldnt be top 10 p4p cuz of incocnsistent losses. Please his wins resume far surpasses that of guys like whitaker, hagler, etc. Much better wins.
Sure, much better wins - but much worse losses as well. You can't deny that. Most of the big names he beat he lost to as well. And some guys that were good but not great he lost to as well. I think we can say with surety that he belongs to the level of most of the greats that he fought. But he didn't distinguish himself from many of his elite peers. Should he for example be higher than Barney Ross? I don't see it. Ross was more consistent and got the better of him in their series.
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