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Old 07-17-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default Tommy Gibbons vs Jack Sharkey

I will grant you an on form version of Sharkey for this event.

People say that Sharkey was the best that Dempsey ever beat, but I wonder if that is necessarily true.

Could Gibbons have been the champion, if his prime had been during the period between Tunney retiring and Louis grabbing the title?
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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I will grant you an on form version of Sharkey for this event.

People say that Sharkey was the best that Dempsey ever beat, but I wonder if that is necessarily true.

Could Gibbons have been the champion, if his prime had been during the period between Tunney retiring and Louis grabbing the title?
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:23 PM   #3
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Jack Sharkey was a terror to many light heavyweights. Despite Gibbons's success as a heavyweight, he was always more of a light heavy, especially in his prime. I don't think Gibbons could outpoint the bigger, stronger man who was equally skilled.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
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I have this as being prety much 50/50.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:47 PM   #5
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Gibbons was past his prime when he fought Dempsey too. This wasn't the same gibbons who was thrashing harry greb
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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Whilst I think Gibbons was all round better than Sharkey, probably, I think that Sharkey might have his number in the same sort of way that Taylor (kind of) had Hopkins.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #7
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Jack Sharkey would have beaten Tommy Gibbons in my opinion. Look what he did to Tommy Loughran, who was a better fighter than Gibbons.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
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I've only seen Gibbons been dominated by Dempsey. Sharkey was skilled but inconsistent, he usually bested smaller men but ofcourse Walker took him to a draw so could Gibbons? Perhaps

I do think at his best Sharkey would be able to impose his size

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Whilst I think Gibbons was all round better than Sharkey, probably, I think that Sharkey might have his number in the same sort of way that Taylor (kind of) had Hopkins.
An odd comparison, do you consider him to have athletic advantages rather than just size and strength on him?
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #9
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Sharkey in 1927:

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8TGgAuOfxs[/ame]


Gibbons in 1924:

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNy9fJbSPZk[/ame]
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:29 AM   #10
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This would have been a good fight. Probably a very close one to the final bell too. Young Stribling gave Sharkey a close fight and I think Gibbons was a little better than Stribling in most departments.
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