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Old 10-15-2012, 07:21 AM   #16
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I felt he won it.
Yeah, it was a close fight but (injured) Chang won it.

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Duran is best comparison for Chang IMO.
There're both poor man's Dempsey.

Dancer's legs and stuff.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:45 PM   #17
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My initial impressions are that early Duran's punch was bigger, and Chang has better defense and quicker feet.

Also, Chang's rythm is insane. I don't think I've ever seen anyone with a faster rythm.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:54 PM   #18
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My initial impressions are that early Duran's punch was bigger, and Chang has better defense and quicker feet.

Also, Chang's rythm is insane. I don't think I've ever seen anyone with a faster rythm.
Oh, they're not that alike but both the master of the feint. Chang was not monster puncher, but very accurate and, as you say, caught guys in his rhythm and stunned them. Some guys would get beat up, some guys stunned to a knockdown enough times they were stopped, and some took prolonged beatings and hung in there. Chang was not a massive puncher, but his accuracy, venom, handspeed, timing, punch selection, output etc etc rules him out of being classed as feather fisted

This guy, not all that, survived, and what a performance and beating Chang served up!

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awAKY3SV0V0[/ame]

Funnily enough Chang's feinting goes even crazier, incorporating Pryor/Leonard wind ups and hanging one arm out to his side to distract his man, school play ground style before a stiff slap

Anyway, this is the one fight I'd recommend, and this is the best quality I've ever seen it in

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDOx3bARa6c[/ame]
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:40 PM   #19
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Flea Man,,,,,

I liked Jung-Koo Chang, when he was only 19 1/2.

July 10, 1982

The Korean Hawk improved to 18-0-0, when he pretty much schooled
the #2 WBC Light-Flyweight and former WBC Light-Flyweight Champion
- Amado Ursua over 10-Rounds.

'Amado the Bomber', had flattened (KO 2) Hilario Zapata earlier in 1982,
to win the WBC Light-Flyweight Championship.

Talk about 'speed'.........

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Old 10-15-2012, 01:49 PM   #20
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World champ' at what, 19?

Being a party animal he has some horrific showings though, particularly the second Torres fight (made up for it in the 3rd)
Sadly, he declined very quickly.

I don't remember the exact fight when he first started to show signs of wear and tear but I do recall that 1984 was the last year he looked in his physical prime.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:53 PM   #21
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But he was canny enough to maintain good form for the most part. Relied more on his (modern comparison) Ward-esque inside game to work as his feet were quick enough to get him in range but his reflexes had slipped to the point where he couldn't get out safely again.

But yes, much slower and just off the pace in every department. But still bloody good right until the end.
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Actually, Chang never looked more impressive to me than in his first fight against Zapata.

So quick on his feet.
And that was an out of shape version of Chang who couldn't train due to a foot injury coming into that fight.

I don't think any junior flyweight beats the prime, peak-shape version of Chang.
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Duran is best comparison for Chang IMO.
Except power, of course. Regardless, that's a much more apt comparison than Aaron Pryor.
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