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Old 02-24-2013, 11:54 AM   #181
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Vs Corbett, Fitz turned things around as nicely as anyone ever did....all with that mysterious sounding "solar plexus" punch.
I think its just a fancy name for that left uppercut Zarate used to shank guys with. Of course its possible your just keeping the legend alive...
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:18 PM   #182
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I think its just a fancy name for that left uppercut Zarate used to shank guys with. Of course its possible your just keeping the legend alive...
"Solar Plexus" just sounded all mysterious and other worldly to out brethren back then. Like Fitz came from outer space with that new-fangled left hook that he had. We, of course are so much more sophisticated in this day and time.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:50 PM   #183
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Here is a good one showing just how great Fitz was in his own time. When the New York papers ran a referendum to find the ten Greatest American's of all time, Fitz admittedly didnt make the top 10 like guys like Mark Twain and Thomas Edison. But he did get a ton of votes and sounds like he placed ahead of guys like Winstone Churchill.

Not a bad effort, considering he wasnt even an American!
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:01 PM   #184
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Fitz was interviewed by a reporter from the San Fran call. He was asked specifically concerning the color line and he steadfastly denied having any issues fighting any man of color. He stated that no black man ever challenged him but he would have had no issues accepting the challenge.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:07 PM   #185
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Not widely known but Arcel taught Duran the Fitzsimmons shift for his first bout with Leonard. Worked like a charm.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:23 AM   #186
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Fitz was a bad ass, though and through. If you rank him top 10 all time pound for pound, you have a mighty persuasive case behind you. Also, his kinda power translates into any era.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:35 PM   #187
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Here is a good one showing just how great Fitz was in his own time. When the New York papers ran a referendum to find the ten Greatest American's of all time, Fitz admittedly didnt make the top 10 like guys like Mark Twain and Thomas Edison. But he did get a ton of votes and sounds like he placed ahead of guys like Winstone Churchill.

Not a bad effort, considering he wasnt even an American!
Now that's Appreciation!
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:44 PM   #188
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Refused to train and wore padded underwear because he was shy about his legs

Still a sure top 10 ATG though
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:36 AM   #189
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Refused to train and wore padded underwear because he was shy about his legs

Still a sure top 10 ATG though
Though you are posting in comic relief, Fitz trained like an animal.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:26 PM   #190
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here is a brief mention of an unrecorded fight with Australian heavyweight, Charles Stern which ended in a quick KO for Fitzsimmons, by the sounds of it.
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