Boxers that became tougher because of illness

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  1. Mike_b

    Mike_b Active Member Full Member

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    How about evanders rare heart disease? Perhaps it made him a little bit better by way of tenacity and literal heart not physical.

    Johnny Ruiz in one of the Holy fights: the broken nose blood bleeding swelling and swallowing and breathing it into his Lungs HAD to **** him off. (And dig deeper.) Look at what happened there: floored Holyfield, became first Latino hw champ, first hw champ from Puerto Rico.

    And Edwin Valero, tis a shame, but his frenetic energy could possibly be a sign of excitable delerium: aka a manic motor or metabolism made for straight up bouts of blood and gore. The dude was a knockout artist, and even in his longest fight he was fighting tooth and nail the whole time working for that knockout. Drugs addiction is what he suffered from.

    Also Mickey ward, being concussed and dizzy from a knockdown only to be buzzed by another Arturo Gatti shot that "woke him up" the opposite of stunned or hurt

    Let's talk about fighters feet: some fighters have gnarly blisters, but the illness does not make them better, it is the tireless work ethic/ tons of pride what keeps them in the game. Or perhaps in Shane Mosley s game, he had a good trainer in Naz who "wouldn't let him quit." Some fighters have to be saved from themselves btw, Deontay wilder , Fernando vargas for example.

    So basically I'm asking if an weakering infirmity has the potential to make a fighter great? Aka turning a weakness into a strength, fighting for negative to become a positive... Cause that's boxing, sometimes there is no right / perfect way.
     
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  2. DirtyDan

    DirtyDan Worst Poster of 2015 Full Member

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    Didn’t Jacobs have cancer?
     
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  3. Mike_b

    Mike_b Active Member Full Member

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    That's a good shoutout! His first day back he could only throw one punch. Incredible resolve, he even said they didn't want to let the media know how much he suffered. Nowadays he has a nice beat cancer tattoo and a good kid that he is visibly a great father to!
     
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  4. Makingweight

    Makingweight Well-Known Member Full Member

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    First fighter that came into my head Billy Miske.
     
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  5. Mike_b

    Mike_b Active Member Full Member

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    Dang! His kidneys gave out. What's a sad story, had to fight for economic reasons. May he rest in peace.
     
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    Makingweight Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Joe Hughes who held the European LWW as recently as a couple of years ago was born with a condition called Erb's palsy.

    His right arm is three inches shorter than his left.

    Tough kid sure quite a few British/Irish posters would of seen him on UK bills, almost fighting one armed, high output puncher gutsy as hell and always brushed off questions about disability.

    His parents were told he wouldn't even be able to run properly or participate in sports, well he proved a lot of people wrong.
     
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  7. djanders

    djanders Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Not an illness, but Joe Frazier, because of, or in spite of, his left arm injury that never healed correctly.
     
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  8. Mike_b

    Mike_b Active Member Full Member

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    Joe Frazier was one of the toughest cookies around. I am learning more and more about him from posters on here, from you and others!
     
  9. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

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    Maske was diagnosed with macrophallus after the Olympics but continued his career despite this to become the greatest light heavyweight in history.
     
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  10. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Azumah Nelson lasted the distance with Jeff Fenech (and got a gift draw) and it was discovered after that he had malaria.

    He recovered from that to destroy Fenech in the rematch in Australia.
     
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    Pugguy Boxing Addict banned Full Member

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    Craig Bodzianowksi fighting on as a pro despite having his leg amputated. Courage and resolve personified.
     
  12. Pugguy

    Pugguy Boxing Addict banned Full Member

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    Numerous examples of the phenomena of badly cut fighters, under the threat of imminent stoppage due to injury, lifting another several notches to effect a KO/Stoppage shortly thereafter themselves.

    A more iconic example perhaps being Hagler vs Hearns.
     
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  13. Pugguy

    Pugguy Boxing Addict banned Full Member

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    I feel his pain. It is an affliction I’ve personally dealt with my whole life.

    As in the case of some oversized breasts, it has stoically defied repeated reduction surgeries to return back to its full and proud size.

    Some might say O Lucky Man, but then they haven’t walked a mile in my jockstrap.

    It perhaps correlates with an extraordinarily large cranium which I have also.
     
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  14. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

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    Dempsey was truly compassionate to Miske.
     
  15. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Resident Gadfly Full Member

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    Did not, not a doctor in there right mind would’ve let him fight with Maleria he’d damn well know he had it and he wouldn’t be fighting with it he’d be totally unable. It’s an excuse and a really bad one.