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Old 05-20-2008, 03:18 PM   #1
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Boxing needs to go back to the good old days. When instead of crooks like Richard Schaefer and Bob Arum playing big parts in the sport, we had honest peaceful men like Frankie Carbo, Blinky Palermo, and Jim Norris. Boxers in the past would never take dives out of fear of the Mafia.

Instead of HBO and Showtime with their crappy HD camera coverage, we have the great TV coverage of classics like Harry Greb-Gene Tunney, the first two Tony Zale-Rocky Graziano fights, and all the watchable clear footage of a prime welterweight Ray Robinson!!

Instead of heavyweight champions like Wlad Klitschko only defending his belt 2-3 times a year, we need to go back to active HW champs like James Jeffries, Jim Braddock, and Jack Dempsey. Did you see how active Dempsey was in the latter part of his reign? Amazing activity!!

Boxers nowadays are so money-hungry and care too much about that instead of fighting who is most worthy. Contenders always got their chances in the past, especially when they were most worthy. Guys like Archie Moore, Charley Burley, Jimmy Bivins, Ezzard Charles, Holman Williams, Lloyd Marshall, Harry Wills, Joe Jeanette, and Sam Langford. Could you imagine a fighter in the past, like a Jack Johnson or Ray Robinson, pricing themselves out of fights like today's cowardly businessmen? No way! And could you imagine a fighter, let's just call him Fritzie Zivic, buying out another fighter's contract, if that guy, like say a Charley Burley, had just beat him?

No way. That only happens in today's terrible era.

Boxing needs to go back to its fair past!!!

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Old 05-20-2008, 03:22 PM   #2
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:23 PM   #3
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Jack Johnson.

Too bad Ruiz wasn't an all-action fighter like Jack Johnson.

Johnson's fights were so action-packed, no clinching or lulls in the action at all.
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:37 PM   #4
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Pretty funny thread although I do have to say it was better back then.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:17 PM   #5
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Boxers took dives because of the Mafia.

See Ali/Liston
Was just going to make a similar post myself.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:19 PM   #6
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Boxers took dives because of the Mafia.
Because of the mafia/because of fear that they would be murdered or blackballed by the mafia.

Same difference.
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Best sarcasm ever.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:17 PM   #8
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Oscar fighting a former flyweight is a sign of the times.

Can you picture a heavyweight champion, let's just say he's from Manassa, fighting a light-heavyweight who started his career as a featherweight?

Or Joe Louis fighting a light-heavyweight whom he had 25 pounds on?
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:19 PM   #9
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This thread sucks my balls. Then I put a gun to it's head and back it out of the room. Pistol whip it to ****, smash it's head in a car door and drive it of a cliff. Build a ramp up to it's mother's ass and drive a forklift up in in there.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:21 PM   #10
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This thread sucks my balls. Then I put a gun to it's head and back it out of the room. Pistol whip it to ****, smash it's head in a car door and drive it of a cliff. Build a ramp up to it's mother's ass and drive a forklift up in in there.
Much obliged.
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Much obliged.
Actually, is your point in a nutshell, "things are no better and no worse, overall"?
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:25 PM   #12
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Actually, is your point in a nutshell, "things are no better and no worse, overall"?
Well I wasn't around for a lot of the old days to truly compare.

There are a lot of good and bad things that the fans today have that the fans in previous years didn't have, and vice versa.
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Well I wasn't around for a lot of the old days to truly compare.

There are a lot of good and bad things that the fans today have that the fans in previous years didn't have, and vice versa.

In that case, I would like to take this thread out for a swift drink, see how we get on.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:47 PM   #14
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You mean the time when you had guys like James Braddock hold the HW championship hostage and only fight someone if they knew they would get 10% of all future earnings?

No, I like things the way the are today.
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You mean the time when you had guys like James Braddock hold the HW championship hostage and only fight someone if they knew they would get 10% of all future earnings?.
Braddock's contract was tied up with title fights in the Garden and had sweet **** all to do with Louis's future earnings.

And Braddock was a hugely underated champion.
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