How Good Was Johnny Persol?

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  1. Hookandjab

    Hookandjab Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I know he had some good wins. What happened?
     
  2. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

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    Jimmy Ellis is what happened.
     
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  3. KasimirKid

    KasimirKid Active Member Full Member

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    One thing that happened is that he left the heavyweight division and got crushed in the era before steroids. Unlike Holyfield, he couldn't beef up. Doug Jones was caught in the same situation. So were Bob Foster, Harold Johnson, and Willie Pastrano. They all tried the heavyweight division, but they were smart enough to back off and be satisfied with the light-heavyweight title.
     
  4. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Before Jimmy Ellis, Roger Rouse stopped him in the first, in Anaconda, MT.
     
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  5. KasimirKid

    KasimirKid Active Member Full Member

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    Rouse was one solid fighter. If you were a boxing purist, his economy of motion was a thing of beauty to see.
     
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  6. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I've been talking to a guy that was trained by Rouse as an amateur, fascinating memories. Joe Louis, Barney Ross, Henry Armstrong and Tony Galento were ringside for the Persol fight.
     
  7. KasimirKid

    KasimirKid Active Member Full Member

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    No offense meant, but that's a pretty good showing for Anaconda!

    I've seen Roger's Seattle fights with Eddie Cotton and Larry Buck .
     
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