Rocky Graziano vs. Billy Graham

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  1. Chuck1052

    Chuck1052 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Irving Cohen managed both Rocky Graziano and Billy Graham. Who was the better of the two fighters? It seemed that Graham faced better competition overall.

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  2. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

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    Graham was the better fighter. Rocky was the more colorful character that had the big rt hand and came along at the rt time. But make no mistake about it Graham was the better fighter of the two..
     
  3. Rainer

    Rainer Member Full Member

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    Graham, and it isn't close.
     
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    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I'd say Billy Graham without hesitation too.
     
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  5. Chuck1052

    Chuck1052 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I also think that Billy Graham was better than Rocky Graziano. It seemed that Graham could do well no matter who he was fighting. Graziano had to be carefully matched during even his heyday during the middle 1940s, a period of time when professional boxing was doing very well. Of course, Graziano was the greatest gate attraction among non-heavyweights at the time. Graham's heyday was during the early 1950s, a time when professional boxing took a big hit because of societal changes and the advent of television. Graziano also had the advantage of being a very exciting brawler while Graham was known for his fine boxing skills.

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    salsanchezfan Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Graham for sure, but the game needs Grazianos more.
     
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    Graham clinically outpoints...outboxes Rocky. Nothing against Rocky Graz, but Graham was a class or two above him.
     
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  8. Chuck1052

    Chuck1052 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I was also thinking that someone like Fritzie Zivic, who did well against aggressive fighters while using his boxing skills, would also give Rocky Graziano fits. After all, Zivic did quite well against Jake LaMotta, a highly aggressive fighter who was bigger and had far more ring skills than Graziano. In fact, LaMotta would have been an absolutely nightmare matchup for Rocky, which the latter's brain trust probably knew too well.

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  9. Longhhorn71

    Longhhorn71 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Graham
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    Never stopped by TKO or K.O.

    Beat prime Kid Gavilan by SD, and lost to prime Kid Gavilan by MD, SD & UD.

    Graham would outbox the Rocky G in a 10 rd fight.
     
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    roughdiamond Bronson Full Member

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    Graham out classes him handily.

    ATG skills and an iron jaw.
     
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