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Old 09-20-2009, 04:10 PM   #31
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Default Re: Do You Think Jack Dempsey Is Overrated?

It depends on where you rate him and how you rate him. I based my ratings of fighters on the quality of their opposition, how dominant they are, and how they look on film. I tend not to rationalize on the assumed progressive development of the sport, since I regard boxers today as less capable than during the 1960s-80s; however, it is obvious that boxing in Dempsey's day was not as advanced as it was in the 1970s in the heavyweight division. One can see that from the film. Some say that Dempsey was great in his day. This is not my approach. I am unimpressed with Dempsey's competition. The best fighter he faced beat him twice. So if you rate Dempsey highly, then he is overrated. He's not in the top 10 or 12.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:25 PM   #32
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Overrated is a subjective term and it depends who you talk to. It also depnds on your crteria for 'greatness.'

In general I don't feel he gets overrated, although from a personal perspective I was a little miffed at his placing on our ESB survey we had a while back.
He was a great fighter though, and an electrifying one.

The fact that he is discussed so often many years after his death attests to this I think.
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:22 PM   #33
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Not overrated. Jack is an American legend and gets the Redrooster thumbs up
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:33 PM   #34
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As I said before people often try to bash Foreman for fighting easy fighters early on in his career but never mention all of the barn storming fights Dempsey had. Fighters who had 0 wins coming into the fight with him. As somebody said he one the title from a god awful fighting in Jess Willard. Calling Dempsey a good fighter would be insulting. Even calling him a average fighter would be a insult.

He was lucky to fight in the era he did because he wouldn't have even made a decent cruiserweight fighting todays fighters.
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:42 AM   #35
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i say today he would be bigger badder and would slam thru todays heavies like a hurricane
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:23 AM   #36
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If anything he's underrated. When people who actually saw him fight were around, he was ranked right up there with Louis. He's top ten easily, personally I think he's higher.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:30 AM   #37
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