Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by reznick, Apr 11, 2019.
Dude. It's a joke.
As always a terrific job ... sometimes Tunney throws an ugly, weird, stiff arm punch of an overhand right like the final here .. other times , like the first fast straight right here it's terrific ..
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Excellent stuff R! Georges showed tremendous heart there.Tunney was an underated, punishing hitter.
Let's be honest, tho, Carpentier was more myth than substance.
Gene was the real deal.
Carpentier was at the end of the trail here, but he went out on his shield ,respect for that.
You're right that not every single punch in that sequence was an arm punch. But plenty were. Just didn't seem that remarkable to me, even though it was the legendary Gene Tunney doing the punching. Guess I'm just different than most people around here in that respect. But to each his own.
r u, I'm looking that going "dayum"....
The footwork he displayed while throwing the punches he threw weren't impressive to you?
Tunney wasn't a one-punch guy, anyway and based on what I've seen, he wasn't the type to set down on every shot in the combinations that he thew. But, it allowed him to disguise the power-punches that he did throw rather nicely.
That uppercut-cross was certainly thrown with intent, at any rate. Nice half step back to set it up, too.
I don’t know if Marciano or Dempsey could have ever beaten Gene
Gene was phenomenal at what he did best. Way ahead of his time
Tunney looked excellent there, makes one see how good Dempsey was to have to have lasted the distance with him twice.
That first fast right is a beauty. Had he fought today, better trainers would have taught Tunney how to keep his hands up and move his head more
Impressive footwork and accuracy...the final right hand is a thing if beauty and shows how Tunney understood angles......Tunney was a counterpuncher not a forward moving attacking fighter and this just shows how dangerous it was to get too close and make mistakes
Yeah he’s he real deal. Modern trainers would have cleaned up him stance a bit, made gene unbeatable
Thanks for putting up this very clear film.
While I agree that Tunney was ahead of his time as a stylist, and as styles make fights, he would have been a tough opponent for Dempsey or Marciano at any point, I think there are also severe question marks about him.
This clip doesn't impress me that much. I think there is a lot of sloppy arm punching.
I have seen Tunney on film against Dempsey, Carpentier, Gibbons, and Heeney. No tall guy with a jab and only Dempsey probably had an equal reach. Had Tunney fought guys like Wills and Godfrey the question marks would not be as overwhelming. As is, Tunney was a champion in the color line era which puts a cloud over him for me.
One thing I would say in his favor though. I think he managed the smartest marriage of any major American athlete prior to Tom Brady. I believe his wife was a Carnegie heiress or something, wasn't she? Sure beats dragging out a career with fights against Sharkey and Schmeling for what in comparison would be chump change.