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Old 07-14-2012, 01:15 PM   #61
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Anyone mention second career Foreman?
Excellent choice!
Even the music he came down the aisle to was mellow and chilled.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:38 PM   #62
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You have to have Floyd in there somewhere, he's very relaxed
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:08 PM   #63
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George Benton enjoyed putting himself in the the line of fire and making punches miss by inches. I guess it costed him at times as he was more intent on making opponents miss than making them pay.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:54 PM   #64
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the second coming of george foreman
This.

That is one of the most amazing transformations in ring history. Foreman was an impatient, keyed-up and wired-up fighter in his first incarnation who wore himself out by being so tense.

He comes back all those years later and is throwing the same kind of hurt bombs with all the tension of a guy reading his morning paper while having a cup of decaf coffee -- patient, relaxed, but still deadly.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:18 PM   #65
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Thank god someone said it.

He didn't even give a shit when he got dropped against Valdez in the second fight, straight back to work after a 30 second period of clever clinching and slowing the pace down.
Monzon was the coolest and most relaxed fighter i have seen, even when Briscoe nailed him big time you can clearly see Monzon casually look up at the time left in the round He's thinking i will get through this round and step it up a little. He had a granite like jaw and i can't imagine what he would've been like had he actually trained properly for a big fight! Monzon's career was 10 years to early, imagine him fighting Leonard, Hearns and Hagler in the 80's?
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:38 AM   #66
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Nervous tension and relaxation was dramatically contrasted between Ali and Jerry Quarry in their rematch. JQ was a mellow commentator for CBS, and he was very much cool and at ease in his wire to wire domination of Thad Spencer. But he was a bundle of nerves entering his rematch with Ali, and Muhammad had certainly done his part to psych out Jerry beforehand. Then, JQ saw brother Mike nearly decapitated by Bob Foster, which he admitted in his post fight interview took a lot out of him. Jerry's stamina had previously been questioned despite a trio of wins against fine competition over 12 rounds (Mathis, Spencer and Patterson), but he needed a hyperventilation bag in his corner after just six rounds with Muhammad. JQ had beaten Middleton over ten early the previous month in Wembley, finishing strongly, so he certainly should have been competition ready for Ali. He didn't punch himself out like Foreman did in Kinshasa, anxiety and an uncontrolled adrenaline surge did him in (not that he could have beaten Muhammad at that stage anyway, but he should have been good enough to survive to the final bell). Ali himself admitted that he expected Jerry to be tougher.
This is a good call. The difference between the two is staggering in terms of relaxation in that fight. Another fight with a similar contrast is McCallum-Watson. I think much of Watson gassing had to do with him being very tense, while McCallum was as loose as ever.

Other calls would be Sanchez, Whitaker, Jones, Toney and Mayweather. Nunn also.

But the number one for me here might just be Ali. What sets him apart is how relatively relaxed he was even when Frazier and Foreman had him on the ropes. There is so little tension and unneccessary movement. And that was the key to him outlasting Foreman while on the ropes and being able to come back in the late rounds in Manilla after being hammered by Frazier in the corner for several rounds. The one opponent he could look surprisingly tense against was Norton. I can't remember one round against Norton where he looked truly at ease.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:50 AM   #67
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Giant Gonzalez was Xtremely relaxed in d ring against "D Undertaker" , relaxed on absolute terms and even more so 4 a man facing "D Undertaker" in flesh .
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #68
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Foreman the sequel was about as relaxed a fighter as I've ever seen.

James Toney was as well.
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Wilfredo benitez
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Lorenzo Garcia

Never panicked and never worried.

Lorenzo, was one 'Cool Cucumber'.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:10 PM   #72
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Giant Gonzalez was Xtremely relaxed in d ring against "D Undertaker" , relaxed on absolute terms and even more so 4 a man facing "D Undertaker" in flesh .
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Foreman the sequel was about as relaxed a fighter as I've ever seen.

James Toney was as well.
jack johson surrounded in the ring by 10-30000 white men, toying with his opponent, throwing a cheeky smile every 5 seconds, i think that is relaxed as it comes, foreman 2 and toney are good shouts though.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #74
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Teofilo Stevenson.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:20 PM   #75
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Teofilo Stevenson.
Not Really,

I saw the guy panic like a 'frightened turtle' when Russian Heavyweight
Igor Vysotsky nailed him with a right hand.
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