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Old 07-26-2007, 09:28 AM   #1
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Default Forgotten great lightweights

I do not need to tell anybody here that the lightweight division has an extremely talent rich history.

I think it is a division where all time greats get overlooked due to the low profile of the division and spme never make it due to the level of competition.

So here is a thread devoted to great lightweights who do not get enough exposure. Lets have some names.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:47 AM   #2
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Benny Leonard comes to mind. Although Ray Mancini is mentioned on the forum every now and again, he happens to be one of my favorites as well.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:48 AM   #3
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Jack McAuliffe, lack of footage (it being the 19th century an' all) is the main reason.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:04 AM   #4
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Jack McAuliffe, lack of footage (it being the 19th century an' all) is the main reason.
Good choice.

In his day he was regarded as something of a pound for pound Marvel.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:04 AM   #5
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I wouldn't say Benny Leonard is forgotten. He's generally considered a Top 3 atg lightweight, absolute minimum.

Joe Brown would be my choice.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:12 AM   #6
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Benny Leonard comes to mind.
If you had asked a panel of boxing writers to produce a list of the greatest lightweights of all when Leonard retired the top 3 would be-

1. Joe Gans
2. Kid Lavigne
3. Benny Leonard

If you did the same today he would still be in the top three and might well take the No1 spot.

This leads me to think that his legend has endured prety well.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:25 AM   #7
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If you had asked a panel of boxing writers to produce a list of the greatest lightweights of all when Leonard retired the top 3 would be-

1. Joe Gans
2. Kid Lavigne
3. Benny Leonard

If you did the same today he would still be in the top three and might well take the No1 spot.

This leads me to think that his legend has endured prety well.
Interesting. i wonder why the aura around the legends of Gans and livigne has decreased then...
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:30 AM   #8
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Sammy Angott rarely gets mentioned; another excellent fighter at his best.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:32 AM   #9
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Willie Joyce. At least the other mentions are in the Hall of Fame.
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Old 07-26-2007, 10:41 AM   #10
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Former LW champ Sammy Mandell. He beat McLarnin, Petrolle, and Johnny Dundee.
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Freddy Pendleton is worth a mention
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Former LW champ Sammy Mandell. He beat McLarnin, Petrolle, and Johnny Dundee.
Not to mention Tony Canzoneri.
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Not to mention Tony Canzoneri.
...and Babe Ruth.
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Rocky Kansas.
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Old 07-26-2007, 12:15 PM   #15
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Interesting. i wonder why the aura around the legends of Gans and livigne has decreased then...
Probably due to lack of quality footage.
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