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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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Old 04-22-2014, 08:25 PM   #191
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I have been looking for this report everywhere. Here is the early loss to Mick Dooley.

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And here is some more information about the Fitzsimmons Dooley fights. Although not day after reporting, i think the fact that dates do gel, gives this more credibility.

It seems that Fitzsimmons was beaten not once, but twice by Mick Dooley. And the first time, he was knocked out in the second round of a 4 round fight. there is some really good info on Dooley in this article.

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Old 04-22-2014, 10:02 PM   #192
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Good stuff! Nice find!
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #193
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He was a very good fighter but not great. He was a lot like Duran. He couldn't deal with movement, a good jab would trouble him and he could be stopped/overpowered. He was almost exactly like Duran, now that I think about it. Duran couldn't deal with movement.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:44 PM   #194
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He was a very good fighter but not great. He was a lot like Duran. He couldn't deal with movement, a good jab would trouble him and he could be stopped/overpowered. He was almost exactly like Duran, now that I think about it. Duran couldn't deal with movement.
It seems to me that Corbett-Fitzsimmons yields some evidence that, if movement troubled Fitzsimmons, Bob also had some aptitude at gradually slowing his opponent down.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:26 AM   #195
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Here is confirmation from Mick Dooley about two victories over Bob Fitzsimmons. Dooley tries to point out that fitzsimmons did become a much better fighter, after this. Still, it is clear that Dooley does deserve some credit for these wins.
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