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Old 02-02-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Jack Johnson seemed stupidly good at this, even when outweighed 20 pounds by Jeffries.

He was bending Jeffries arms behind his back.
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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great post,

as far as effective punching in a clinch, the best fighter that i have ever seen as far as clinch control and effectiveness is bernard hopkins,

he actually "hurts" his opponents in the clinch (meaning that they buckle or become wobbled)

duran and hagler where great too and one guy that i thought was very unlikely but very good in a clinch is pernell whitaker.
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Hopkins is fantastic.
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:49 PM   #4
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Duran was amazing in the clinch.

He'd just close in, put his head in your chest and break you down.

And he didn't have to hit and hold, tie you up and then punch on his way out...

He just closed the gap and tore people apart on the inside and they couldn't retaliate...

No idea how he did it.
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:20 PM   #5
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How about Chavez? I don't recall him being that easy to clinch, and I recall seeing him elbow out of attempts many times. I don't mean an illegal elbow strike, I mean blocking the attempted clinch by spreading his elbows wide.

Stopping your opponent from clinching has to be an important part of clinch control.
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Old 02-03-2008, 01:30 AM   #6
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Jack Johnson seemed stupidly good at this, even when outweighed 20 pounds by Jeffries.

He was bending Jeffries arms behind his back.
In his prime, Jeffries was also amazing in the clinch.
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Agree on Johnson.
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:18 PM   #8
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i think sammy angott was legendary in the clinch as well.
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Johnson and Ali
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:16 PM   #10
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He was bending Jeffries arms behind his back.
During which round can i see him do that?
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:53 PM   #11
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Not sure, honestly.

It was on a show called "Tyson's Heavyweight Rivals" where he evaluated how he felt classic fighters would do against him alongside some other guy.

He was in awe of Johnson's strength and commented on the arm bending as the segment of it was played.
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Johnson and Ali
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