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Old 03-13-2008, 02:46 AM   #1
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Default Clarence Henry vs Rocky Marciano 1951-1952

Two Hall of Fame Heavyweights in there prime at 1951-1952 too bad this fight never took place. Who do you like?


I like Marciano KO 8 in a wild entertaining close fight.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:35 AM   #2
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Two Hall of Fame Heavyweights in there prime at 1951-1952 too bad this fight never took place. Who do you like?


I like Marciano KO 8 in a wild entertaining close fight.
I dont see Henry as a HOF fighter,but he was one of the better contenders of the 50s,usually durable[2 stoppage losses I think],he could be out boxed ,but beat some good hitters like Satterfield and Baker,not especially elusive he would be there to meet Marciano ,and away it would go,Bombs Away!I think he could drop Rocky in the early rounds ,but as the fight went into the 6th 7th Rocky would begin to take charge,I visualize a scenario similar to the Layne fight with Marciano beginning to dominate then getting through with a couple of real bombs and closing the show ,say 9rds.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:52 AM   #3
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I think the losses to Harold Johnson and Archie Moore in 1952 took away the appeal of the fight but it would be a good fight for a few RDs but I see Rocky winning by KO around the 8th -9th RD
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It breaks my heart to see Clarence Henry’s name.

In the mid ‘90s, I was at an induction dinner for the California Hall of Fame. I noticed two older black men – one with dark glasses -- sitting on the aisle, midway back, making idle conversation and laughing.

When the ceremony was over, and the room was emptying, the two men were the last two leave. One, an aid, (or a very close friend) helped the man in sun glasses rise, (he was clearly blind) handing him two canes, and he slowly and painfully was led out.

I asked who he was.

“Clarence Henry”

It seemed inconceivable this frail, sightless man was the lithe, picture-punching heavy I’d seen starch Bob Baker in The Garden in the early ‘50s.
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It breaks my heart to see Clarence Henry’s name.

In the mid ‘90s, I was at an induction dinner for the California Hall of Fame. I noticed two older black men – one with dark glasses -- sitting on the aisle, midway back, making idle conversation and laughing.

When the ceremony was over, and the room was emptying, the two men were the last two leave. One, an aid, (or a very close friend) helped the man in sun glasses rise, (he was clearly blind) handing him two canes, and he slowly and painfully was led out.

I asked who he was.

“Clarence Henry”

It seemed inconceivable this frail, sightless man was the lithe, picture-punching heavy I’d seen starch Bob Baker in The Garden in the early ‘50s.
Interesting but sad story john.

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:13 PM   #6
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It breaks my heart to see Clarence Henry’s name.

In the mid ‘90s, I was at an induction dinner for the California Hall of Fame. I noticed two older black men – one with dark glasses -- sitting on the aisle, midway back, making idle conversation and laughing.

When the ceremony was over, and the room was emptying, the two men were the last two leave. One, an aid, (or a very close friend) helped the man in sun glasses rise, (he was clearly blind) handing him two canes, and he slowly and painfully was led out.

I asked who he was.

“Clarence Henry”

It seemed inconceivable this frail, sightless man was the lithe, picture-punching heavy I’d seen starch Bob Baker in The Garden in the early ‘50s.
JG,

He must have deteriorated quickly because in 1991 he was in LA and reportedely in "perfect physical shape" -and there's a picture to prove it... He was also a movie stuntman. In fact he was asked what was tougher, fighting Jimmy Bivins or diving over a cliff. He replied: "The cliff is a piece of cake."
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:25 PM   #7
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He must have deteriorated quickly because in 1991 he was in LA and reportedely in "perfect physical shape" -and there's a picture to prove it... He was also a movie stuntman. In fact he was asked what was tougher, fighting Jimmy Bivins or diving over a cliff. He replied: "The cliff is a piece of cake."
Can't account for it, S. The HOF dinner must have been years after I thought, because Henry was in dreadful condition.

Also, I can't pin-point the year, but I read he died out here.
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:20 AM   #8
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Can't account for it, S. The HOF dinner must have been years after I thought, because Henry was in dreadful condition.

Also, I can't pin-point the year, but I read he died out here.
I can't add anything to this other than the fact that a person's health can rapidly deteriorate. God knows what caused Henry to end up the way you seen him, John.

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Old 03-16-2008, 09:02 AM   #9
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Can't account for it, S. The HOF dinner must have been years after I thought, because Henry was in dreadful condition.

Also, I can't pin-point the year, but I read he died out here.
I don't doubt it. The human condition is what it is -fragile.
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