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Old 07-01-2007, 11:33 PM   #46
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Hmmmm.....JG, how do you suppose Thorpe would have done as a boxer? (Heck, he succeeded at every other sport he tried.)
One can never be sure of those things, D, but he was the best rough-house tackler in the early pro football league.
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:33 PM   #47
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Terry Norris gets my vote.
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:44 AM   #48
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It doesn't surprise me. I'd pick Donald Dinnie to kill any boxer in history in a street fight.

That would make sense. I would imagine that, since the Greco-Roman style has never really caught on here in Scotland, Dinnie would be less experienced. Incidentally, in my opinion, the Greco-Roman wrestling rules make for far less interesting contests than free-style or backhold wresling.
That first statement is a bold one, Donald Dinnie over James Jefferies or Jack Dempsey? The second one is reasonable, I like watching Greco but when its bad, its worse than when freestyle is bad usually.
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Old 07-02-2007, 03:14 AM   #49
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Holyield and Norton man by far. He beat Carl Lewis in the 100 meter dash. Not to mention his obvious physical attributes. I believe Norton was also a all-state football and track star as well.
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Old 07-02-2007, 04:03 AM   #50
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He's a bit of a prick but Anthony Mundine is a great athlete.
He was a NRL rugby league star,who switched to boxing and won a world title within 3 years.He's also a very good basketballer and really can make a go of whatever sport he puts his mind to.
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:38 AM   #51
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RJJ
Evander Holyfield
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:44 AM   #52
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Roid Jones without question
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:23 AM   #53
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Holyield and Norton man by far. He beat Carl Lewis in the 100 meter dash.
No he didn't, nor would he ever be within 15 meters of him at the finish of a contested 100 meters.
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:35 AM   #54
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That first statement is a bold one, Donald Dinnie over James Jefferies or Jack Dempsey?
Dinnie would be considerably larger and stronger than Dempsey. He would be about as large as Jefferies, much stronger and far more experienced at grappling. Dinnie's grip strength alone was enough to snap a neck like Tyson's.
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Old 07-02-2007, 06:55 AM   #55
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Vicious Boxer.................
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Old 07-02-2007, 08:52 AM   #56
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Henry Armstrong the guys cardio was insane, also Meldrick Taylor speed was extremely impressive. I heard Ken Norton was a stand out athelte when he was young.
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:00 AM   #57
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One can never be sure of those things, D, but he was the best rough-house tackler in the early pro football league.
Not to mention that when Eisenhower, playing for West Point, tried to tackle Thorpe, Ike wound up so badly injured that he had to abandon football. (At least Ike had a decent military and political career to fall back on!)
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:12 AM   #58
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Not to mention that when Eisenhower, playing for West Point, tried to tackle Thorpe, Ike wound up so badly injured that he had to abandon football. (At least Ike had a decent military and political career to fall back on!)
Interesting nugget, D...Didn't know that. My dad played high school basketball against Lou Gehrig. Said he was far-'n'-away the best guy on the court.
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:18 AM   #59
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In terms of elite boxers, I'd have to give the nod to Jeffries, who, as has been noted in this thread, was a remarkable sprinter, skilled wrestler, and possessed raw strength and stamina enough to astound even his rugged contemporaries.

However, if we expand the criteria to include less-accomplished boxers, I don't see how you could go wrong picking [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], arguably the greatest amateur wrestler in history.
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Old 07-02-2007, 09:45 AM   #60
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Interesting nugget, D...Didn't know that. My dad played high school basketball against Lou Gehrig. Said he was far-'n'-away the best guy on the court.
Eisenhower's first love was football. He was considered an
All-American candidate before hurting his knee.
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