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Old 01-13-2013, 06:12 AM   #46
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I'll throw robbie peden in their with his JMM and Barrera fights
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:13 AM   #47
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The biggest falling out I ever had with my da was when he wouldn't let me see Paul fight Johnny Owen up in Ebbw Vale , mind you I was a schoolboy in those days and can now see he was right , couldn't then though and was close to tears lol
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:15 AM   #48
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Think the prowler had his tounge firmly planted in his cheek there Jabby .
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:15 AM   #49
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So many great fighters that Australian boxers have taken on and unfortunately most Australian boxing fans are unaware of this, they have a better knowledge of Mundine and Green's opponents.

However It would be hard to surpass Thompson vs Duran. Hector fought him in Panama City while Duran was the Lightweight Champion of the world, that would of been an amazing if not terrifying experience. Duran is such an icon, in particular to Hispanic boxers and an idol to so many great boxers and world champions.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:18 AM   #50
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:27 AM   #51
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The biggest falling out I ever had with my da was when he wouldn't let me see Paul fight Johnny Owen up in Ebbw Vale , mind you I was a schoolboy in those days and can now see he was right , couldn't then though and was close to tears lol
Sad what happened to Owen, gone too soon.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:31 AM   #52
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Yes mate , tragic , Rip Johnny .
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:45 AM   #53
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Some good tries.

Re. Richards and Hennebury etc vs Archie Moore, the Mongoose hadn't really hit his straps when he toured Down Under. You could say he was still learning.

Mundine fighting Monzon and Thompson fighting Duran are also great mentions but neither Duran or Monzon then despite their reputations where the undisputed best fighter on the planet at the time. Monzon ruled the middle's, but it didn't translate to ruling the p4p rankings. Similarly, Duran's standing at 135lb's generate alot of publicity but you've got to remember that he never would give Buchanan a rematch at 135lb after having the shit outboxed out of him before winning the title off a low-blow, plus way Estean DeJesus both beat and gave him hell even when losing...shows Duran wasn't dominant at 135.

So for me, the answer has to be Young Griffo fighting Joe Gans three times.

S'pose the next post will ask 'Who is Joe Gans?'!!!

I will add that had the Dave Sands fight come off agaisnt SRR, that'd have to be equel with Griffo-Gans for me.

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Moore was pretty green when he came out here.

Henry Armstrong went on to win his three world titles in three weight divisions within a year of beating our very own Alf Blatch so thats pretty much my number one.

Id completely forgotten about Griffo and his fights with Gans. Definitely up there.
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Bill Lang fought his share of legendary fighters.
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Bill Lang fought his share of legendary fighters.
As did Colin Bell - Sam Langford, Joe Jeanette, Sam McVey, Gunboat Smith, Tom Heeney, Gus Ruhlin, Battling Levenski and Dave Smith.

Not too shabby for someone who didnt start to train at boxing till his late 20s.
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Tony Mundine vs Carlos Monzon would have to rate up near Thompson vs Duran.

..Ron Richards v's Archie Moore..now there's a local champ for you mate..
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Thompson V Duran is very very hard to beat.!!!!
mundine and monzon also..
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As did Colin Bell - Sam Langford, Joe Jeanette, Sam McVey, Gunboat Smith, Tom Heeney, Gus Ruhlin, Battling Levenski and Dave Smith.

Not too shabby for someone who didnt start to train at boxing till his late 20s.
Wow - I think we have a winner.

Looked up his record on Box-wreck, fought Bombardier Billy Wells also....at one stage his opponents in sequence where Sam McVey, some bloke Curren, Joe Jeanette, Bombardier Billy Wells, and then Sam Langford. Chrissakes - what-a-run!!!
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