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Old 07-29-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default James J Corbett as a modern day fighter

After seeing the movie Gentleman Jim which i hope you have all seen i have become fascinated by Corbett and before you say i understand that the charactor is far for the real life man.

But for soem of the experts out there tell me there opinion on how they think Corbett would do today as a Light heavy super middle of cruiser against the fighters of today.

I am told he was best for his agility and speed compared to the heavy and light heavys of his day which would still probably be better then that of some of the LHW today but i understand that he was not a great combination fighter trowing one punch at a time.

So for any one who has an opinion on how he would do today
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:08 PM   #2
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also i found this picture it appears that this is corbett sitting 2nd for the left and John L Sullivan at the right. Is it them?
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:23 PM   #3
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:36 PM   #4
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He seemed very quick even at 60 years of age in the films I've seen of him. Today he would probably have a different style of punching technique.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:53 PM   #5
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He seemed very quick even at 60 years of age in the films I've seen of him. Today he would probably have a different style of punching technique.
You saw his sparring footage with Tunney?
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:49 PM   #6
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If Gentleman Jim Corbett was young and came along today, I suspect he would be a Heavyweight of similar size to Chris Byrd. I could see him earning a belt, but I don't think he could beat Wladimir Klitschko. Anyway, that's my opinion.
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:33 AM   #7
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You saw his sparring footage with Tunney?
Yes, it was posted about a month ago here. Below is the link.

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Old 07-30-2009, 09:55 AM   #8
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Corbett was 6'2" and marvelously proportioned. Today he would have been a very well tuned cruiserweight. He would weigh in at about 190 . Trained today, with his conditioning and skills, I think he would be a world champion at that weight ..
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Yes, it was posted about a month ago here. Below is the link.

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Awesome stuff. Thanks.


Corbett's actually pretty well documented. We have:

Corbett and Courtney before the Kinetograph (Edison film)
Corbett sparring McCoy (about a minute, good film quality)
Corbett showing how he throws punches with Tunney (about two minutes of film)
Corbett vs. Fitzsimmons (over twenty minutes, if I remember correctly)
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Corbett was 6'2" and marvelously proportioned. Today he would have been a very well tuned cruiserweight. He would weigh in at about 190 . Trained today, with his conditioning and skills, I think he would be a world champion at that weight ..
I agree pretty much with this. He had great reflexes and skills but skills which would have to be changed for modern fair. Reflexes are reflexes and those would remain. He was a hell of a fighter. I still think folks underestimate him.
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:18 PM   #11
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I think that Corbetts style was highly unorthodox in his own era and I suspect that he would have employed an unorthodox style had he come allong today.

I think that Sullivan, Corbett and Fitzsimmons all threw the boxing manual out of the window and developed their own systems.
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