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Old 07-20-2007, 10:43 AM   #16
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If any fighter in history can be called a physical freak it is Walcott.

He was a5' 1'' welterweight. He had the neck and torso of a big heavyweight with a 42'' chest and 17'' neck.

He fought the best from lightweight to heavyweight an fought them regularly. He beat a number of the top light heavyweights and heavyweights of his day and in some cases beat them badly.

He duffed up a couple of super heavyweights who had wins over some of the top fighters of the heavyweight division.

Amazingly he called out all the top heavyweights of the day, Jeffries, Sharkey, Ruhlin, Hart, and they all declined!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This guy was avoided from lightweight to heavyweight!!!!!
Interesting stuff, thanks Janitor, stylistically I'd still expect him to have his head jabbed off by a long reached jabbing machine though
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:53 AM   #17
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I do have Walcott talking lol. Is that good? Not sure if there are any fight footage of him out there, since a good 90 percent of film in general before 1920 are lost forever.
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Old 07-20-2007, 03:27 PM   #18
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Interesting stuff, thanks Janitor, stylistically I'd still expect him to have his head jabbed off by a long reached jabbing machine though
He seems to have been verry adept at slipping jabs if I can judge from newspaper acounts of his fights (always a big if).

Stylisticaly he comes across as being a bit like a miniture Mike Tyson. Offense orientated but highly polished and hard to tag cleanly coming in.
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Old 07-20-2007, 03:56 PM   #19
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Not so impressive as the aforementioned, but 'Baby' Jacob Matlala gave up 10" in reach against Peter Culshaw in May 2000. Tony Galento, although I'm not sure what his reach was, must have given up a lot of range to Max Baer at 81".
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