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Old 11-25-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default Barney Ross is a top ten all-time great

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Let's first establish that Ross was not just another lighter weight champion of his day - he was an exciting and popular champion who drew massive crowds and hype, much like Oscar De La Hoya in today's boxing world.

Let us also realise that the man was a genuine war hero, awarded the Silver Star for his nothing-more-than sheer heroic exploits during the second world war. Not that this has any effect on his boxing rating, but learning this fact may be the first breeze to help sway your opinion. That is, if there is actually anyone out there who doesn't already know about Ross.

Why should Barney Ross be in everyone's top ten? If I were to guess, I shouldn't think many more than 5% of us include him at present - he tends to normally be recognised as a good triple weight champion and features in the lower top twenty or sometimes thirty.

Let's continue with how good a performer he was. In an era where even the greats seemed to lose regularly, he was the epitome of consistency and professionalism at its finest, retiring with a record of 72-4-3, somewhat helped by his glorious amateur career in the '20s where he honed his craft over two hundred and fifty unpaid bouts. Ross was thought to be the best fighter since Benny Leonard and perhaps on par.

Professional championship credentials?:

- Lightweight champion, one defence.

- Light welterweight champion, ten defences.

- Two time welterweight champion, two defences.

Had Ross existed in a weaker era, he'd probably have reigned supreme. He did anyway - but we'd be talking about title defence figures in the twenties.

Ross' record against Ring rated opponents*:

Ray Miller
Johnny Farr (x2)
Tommy Grogan
Joe Ghnouly
Sammy Fuller
Pete Nebo
Frankie Klick (x2)
Bobby Pacho (x2)
Baby Joe Gans
Ceferino Garcia (x3)
Chuck Woods (x2)
Izzy Jannazzo

Battling Battalino
Billy Petrolle (x2)
Tony Canzoneri (x2)
Jimmy McLarnin (x2)

*End of year ratings, Hall of Famers in bold

Compared to the rest of my own top ten, Ross' record is slightly thin on the quantity of contenders side of things, even though he beat world challengers more times than Carlos Ortiz, for instance. However, like Ortiz, Ross' proved to be the best of a strong era at the top end of the scale. What also bodes well for him is the fact he rarely lost. Between his loss to Roger Bernard, still in the early days of his relatively short career, and his final stand against Armstrong, Ross went 55-1-1 over a seven year span. The only loss came against Jimmy McLarnin - the draw, controversial, at the hands of contender Frankie Klick.

Going by my own list, he beat two fighters in the top twenty pound-for-pound, in their prime, going 4-1.

Never knocked out either, not even in his last fight against Henry Armstrong.

1. Henry Armstrong
2. Harry Greb
3. Ray Robinson
4. Sam Langford
5. Benny Leonard
6. Ezzard Charles
7. Roberto Duran
8. Willie Pep
9. Archie Moore
10. Barney Ross

14. Tony Canzoneri

17. Jimmy McLarnin

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Old 11-25-2009, 09:19 PM   #2
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Close to it IMO..Lock for top 20 Ive come to realise.

But my anti-semitism just cant bring me to do it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:23 PM   #3
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Close to it IMO..Lock for top 20 Ive come to realise.

But my anti-semitism just cant bring me to do it.


Does Benny Leonard suffer?

It seems I'm a fan of the jews.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:31 PM   #4
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I personally think he is just outside the top ten but I can see how the argument can be made for him to be a top ten guy.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:35 PM   #5
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I personally think he is just outside the top ten but I can see how the argument can be made for him to be a top ten guy.
He has a completely different kind of record to the man I rate one place above him. Need to be fair to all, I think. Barney Ross was consistency and quality in a short space of time while Archie Moore was quantity and longevity.
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:41 PM   #6
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Barney Ross was under Benny Leonard but still an ATG
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:53 PM   #7
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Does Benny Leonard suffer?

It seems I'm a fan of the jews.


I had Leonard in the 10 for a while but I think he should sit about on the cusp..Around 10-11.

Ive always had him a little higher then Barney
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His book is a must read
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:48 AM   #9
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Ross defently belongs in the top 10.
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:56 AM   #10
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Which of the following fighters would he displace to enter into the top 10 and why?

Harry Greb
Sugar Ray Robinson

Ezzard Charles
Sam Langford
Benny Leonard
Willie Pep
Roberto Duran
Henry Armstrong

Joe Gans

Archie Moore
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Old 11-26-2009, 05:10 AM   #11
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Which of the following fighters would he displace to enter into the top 10 and why?

Harry Greb
Sugar Ray Robinson

Ezzard Charles
Sam Langford
Benny Leonard
Willie Pep
Roberto Duran
Henry Armstrong

Joe Gans

Archie Moore
Well, bothering to read Manassa's post before I actually responded this time, the answer is obviously Gans, lol.

I'm ok with Barney being top 10, but I'd have Gans above him myself....

I don't detract much from Gans for the McGovern farce or the Langford loss.

Btw, where would Packey McFarland rank for you Manassa?
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Old 11-26-2009, 05:24 AM   #12
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Which of the following fighters would he displace to enter into the top 10 and why?

Harry Greb
Sugar Ray Robinson

Ezzard Charles
Sam Langford
Benny Leonard
Willie Pep
Roberto Duran
Henry Armstrong

Joe Gans

Archie Moore
I'd rate Ross over both Pep and Gans, and possibly Moore as well. Ross was just as great as them in his prime weight class but also had more success at the higher ones.
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:54 AM   #13
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not even top 3 at LW...
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:58 AM   #14
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Looking at other LWs who also became WW champs, I would rate Armstrong, Duran, Napoles, Whitaker, Mayweather, Pacquaio over him and probably Chavez and Arguello to around that weight range
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Old 11-26-2009, 07:11 AM   #15
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Yep, no.10 for me, has been for a while.

Also clear on the small amount of film I've seen that he was a damn good fighter.

Didn't disgrace himself against Armstrong IMO. Which was his final fight if I'm not wrong.

It's fighters like McClarnin I have trouble ranking. Just haven't delved into them enough yet. Any footage available of McClarnin? At work and can't get on the tube
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