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Old 07-02-2007, 11:11 PM   #76
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you could make an arguement that other boxers were more athletic but roy jones used them more in his style of boxing thatn any other
well put! athletic ability can only really be measured in the scope of an athletic event.


Smokin' Joe- Carl Lewis- even at 40 years old- would not be a "sort of fast" guy. He would be a guy who could blow away anyone in any sport not called Track and Field. Guys off the street (in terms of track) just don't run 9.9's or 10.2's or even 10.4's for that matter. 800 meters? Well, if he were fat and happy and doing a charity event, then he probably would not care what happened.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:01 AM   #77
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well put! athletic ability can only really be measured in the scope of an athletic event.


Smokin' Joe- Carl Lewis- even at 40 years old- would not be a "sort of fast" guy. He would be a guy who could blow away anyone in any sport not called Track and Field. Guys off the street (in terms of track) just don't run 9.9's or 10.2's or even 10.4's for that matter. 800 meters? Well, if he were fat and happy and doing a charity event, then he probably would not care what happened.
yeah but this isn't a guy off the street is it. HOly is a very well conditioned athlete. and i doubt that Lewis wasnn't trying or however you make it sound. Where exactly are you going with this anyway?
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:17 AM   #78
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Where exactly are you going with this anyway?
just trying to temper a little hyperbole.

i am in agreement on holy being a hell of an athlete.
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:43 PM   #79
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just trying to temper a little hyperbole.

i am in agreement on holy being a hell of an athlete.
He is also quite the fornicator, but that's another story.
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:43 PM   #80
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Roy Jones Jr
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:40 PM   #81
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Hmmm...

There's also Paul Anderson, though his boxing career was unsuccessful.

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Old 07-19-2007, 08:30 PM   #82
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Roy Jones Jr, Ali, Ken Norton, Holyfield, Terry Norris(benhced 310 pounds at 154 pounds)
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Roy Jones Jr, Ali, Ken Norton, Holyfield, Terry Norris(benhced 310 pounds at 154 pounds)
damn I aint kno that, wow he musta been a strong ass man. Wow thats incredible
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:27 PM   #84
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I found an old article by Jesse Abramson which mentions boxers who were successful as athletes in other sports:

1. James J Corbett--top baseball player who might have made major leagues if he did not pursue boxing.

2. Canada Lee--was a top jockey before becoming a rated fighter-first love was acting, though.

3. Jack Torrance--All-American gridiron football player at LSU, later played for the NFL champion Chicago Bears--Also held the world record in the shotput. Boxed a bit in the 1930's and was knocked out by Abe Simon. Torrance was 6' 5" and 260 lbs.

4. Steve Hamas--All-American gridiron football player in Penn State, later played in the NFL-most successful top football player in boxing, rising to #1 contender with wins over Schmeling and Loughran.

5. Art Shires--first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, had relatively unsuccessful boxing career in late 20's and early 30's.

6. Harry Jaffra--former bantamweight and featherweight champion, was also an excellent golfer.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:39 PM   #85
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I don't know the time of the Ali race, but I know he lost to Marvin Gaye.

I would say Jones Jr., and Mike Tyson.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:42 PM   #86
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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.)
Thorpe was nothing special as a major league baseball player.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:58 PM   #87
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not the best boxer...but a hell of an athlete, could have excelled at many sports...played football, cricket etc.....excellent track and field and was a strong strong guy....frank bruno....
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:32 AM   #88
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Roberto Duran had a high degree of athleticism. Of course I'm talking primarily of the classic lightweight Duran.
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