Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by mrkoolkevin, Apr 12, 2021.
Byrd more skilled than Louis? Oopsie
When did Jack Dempsey ever face Louis?
Byrd walked around at 185 pounds between fights.
He had to eat himself up to 210 or whatever, and it's debatable whether his announced weights were accurate or not.
When they shook hands.
My bad, I thought you were talking about Sharkey.
“Down goes Jan, Down goes Jan!”
Byrd was fat, no reason to doubt he was the announced weight.
Sharkey is better on offense and Byrd better on defense. They are fairly evenly matched.
That is a reasonable position.
I just think that Sharkey is more of an all rounder.
Byrd is outstanding on defense, and crap on offence.
Sharkey is strong on defense and strong on offence.
Sharkey was, the best fighter in the world from the neck down, as Muldoon once so well put it!
I agree with that.
50/50 bout, which starts promisingly, but gradually descends into a stinker, as Byrd is content to move, potshot, slide away, rinse and repeat.
That said Sharkey is the bigger fighter, with a stronger offense. Does Byrd's negative, action-draining style flummox The Boston Gob? Or, does the Sharkey attack break through Byrd's defenses and repeatedly force him out of his shell?
I wouldn't place a bet on this one.
Sharkey wasn't exactly ripped to the bone.
I would contend that Byrd had a more formidable offensive arsenal, head to head, by quite a ways, much more varied, innovative, creative. He would have a field day against Sharkey. But I'm using my eyeballs. Maybe they need to get checked.
Poor Byrd doesn't even have a hook. He has a flicking jab he throws with his glove open and a decent straight left, moreso to the body than the head. He is ok as a counterpuncher. He's quick. He has little power. He works angles well.
That's it. Maybe your eyeballs see more. Do share if they do.