Boxing is the art of self defense

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the greatest boxer of all time:   Sugar Ray Robinson 145 lbs. 1943-1947  born 1921/died 1989 complications of punch-drunkedness (pugilistica dementia)

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+young+sugar+ray+robinson&qpvt=images+young+sugar+ray+robinson&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=FEA43DC2859B75BBE1D0DF560B3D2978820700B7&selectedIndex=109

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Yes, today’s lethal attack mode of boxing should be outlawed —  witness Muhammad Ali’s injured state (or forerunner Ray Robinson’s punchy dementia).

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Boxing as the art of self defense with beautiful footwork to avoid punches is seen in this Youtube match between (ironically) 2 of the most lethal punchers in the history of boxing.    Watch especially Puerto Rican Wilfredo Gomez’ footwork (Gomez in striped trunks, vs. Carlos Zarate)  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px1tze1RcBA

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Willie Pep’s lateral foot movement & waist torque — ergo shiftiness  — have no peer.    Muhammad Ali’s agility afoot (e.g. Ali Shuffle a la Fred Astaire) has no peer.    Here are Pep & Ali    —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quAvMC5DZPo

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJUzl0aFHZw

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Boxing is geometry —  ergo angles.    Boxing = angles.    Which is why the masters of the art of self-defense cut great angles to avert frontal assaults.     See sage Teddy Atlas’ analysis   —   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzDgfC-hxPM

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Of course, angle advantage translates to efficient attack, either in initiating or countering an initial attack.     Contortion/torso torque also are effective (Young Griffo/Canzoneri/Whitaker), but risky because the distance/space between the punch & the target are shorter.

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My mentor is the greatest boxing historian ever, Hank Kaplan 1919-2007, who took a personal interest in me and put me under Hank’s wings (which is how I got to be friends with Max Schmeling/Beau Jack/Kid Gavilan/Angie Dundee/etc.) because my ontic/mantra/hommage (“o-mahj”)  are that great athleticism/skills adapt to any era provided that the athlete/participant is restricted to a weight limit/class, past/present/future — meaning that the greatest “ancient” boxer, Sam Langford, could be just as efficient/dominant today as he was a century ago.

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Erudite/most sagacious Hank, in contrast, is genesis of the evolution of progression — that progress always outcomes a better product than the past.    My divergence from Hank’s meme piqued Hank’s fascination with my process (of elimination).    Hank was the longtime chair of the NY-based International Boxing Hall of Fame selection committee.   Hank refused annually Hank’s own induction, but finally relented as his life ended.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra4Eb3913_E

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Hank on Armstrong:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IntywvgmwYc

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I’m still in touch with Hank’s gorgeous & loving daughter Barbara (Palapala in Hawaiian)  —

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Hola Curtis! Greetings from Miami. I very much enjoy your blog……much of it is quite deep …..and quite thoughtful. You are such an amazing writer.  I saved most of your letters from years ago because I was impressed with your writing and thoughtfulness. How is your family? I hope all is well in your world. Are you still following boxing?

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My dad’s collection is online at brooklyn college special collections. They have done an amazing job and his collection will be there preserved in perpetuity. Thank you, Curtis, for your friendship with my dad. Very kind of you to express such thoughtful feelings. My dad would be thrilled with the final resting place (Brooklyn College) for his collection. His goal in collecting was simply to share this history with others.

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How are your beautiful birds? I am still active in animal advocacy,but, it is an uphill battle. Thankfully, there are so many grass roots orgs all over the world trying to help with overpopulation problem and abuse cases. I practice yoga and doing so I believe gives me balance and harmony. Ever meditate or do yoga? All for now Curtis, Barbara  (Aug. 9, 2013)

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Thanks to Hank, Bobo Olson (whose roots embed in Honoka’a) & Sad Sam Ichinose are in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Hank’s little baby-o.    Hank died before Hank was able to get David Kui Kong Young (Hawaii’s greatest boxer) & official Bobby Lee (Lee rejected Ali’s fight vs. Berbick because of Ali’s disabled state) enshrined.

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My dad Toshi was a bootleg boxer (pre-1929 legalization) 5’2″ 120 lbs. out of Wainaku Mill Camp.   Dad was the poker king of the 442nd RCT WWII.   Dad was awarded the Silver Star for saving lives (rescued his fatally wounded CO & fellow PFC).   Dad is my biggest hero.

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Since the history of boxing includes most efficient attacks as well as the original great art of self-defense, here is my alltime list of the greatest boxers in history, pound for pound, in descending order of priority (current 24 hour hydration rule vs. “on day of fight” weight limit considered here):

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1.    Sugar Ray Robinson WWII era 140-145 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGFDtMPeYAo     “SRR” punched much harder than Ali, which puts SRR over Ali;  Ali was a better boxer via lithe footwork & torso contortion than SRR

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2.   Muhammad Ali 1964-1967 212 lbs.   (Ali idolized Robinson)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rI6pZDJOVc     (here is Mike Tyson’s revelation on Ali’s greatness   — timeclock 3:04 to 5:19  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF17mkqyf44  )

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3.  Sam Langford 100 yrs. ago 140-154 lbs.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUdoGBkeqWQ      (Langford idolized forerunner Joe Gans)    Langford is second only to SRR in blending boxer-puncher qualities; Ali was not a lethal puncher like SRR/Langford

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4.   Joe Gans pre-1900 AD 125-133 lbs.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML5WLvrc0P8      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj17x-XOhVo (Joe Gans idolized forerunner Ruby Rob Fitzsimmons, Rob the hardest puncher in history, pound for pound)

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5.   Ruby Rob Fitzsimmons 1880s 140-154 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOFdL5VkcQM

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6.  Henry Armstrong pre-WWII 118-126 lbs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IntywvgmwYc   (frenetic puncher with more power than Harry Greb)

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7.   Harry Greb pre-WWI era 140-154 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JaJFjq00ro    (a literal “crazy” style from all angles)

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8.  George Dixon 1890s 100-108 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6foQEfkFHFM  busy powerful puncher who overwhelmed his foes

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9.   Jimmy Wilde pre-WWI 85-98 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf2uTy9Os6c   great power along with multiple onslaught of punches; not as athletic as Dixon

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10.  Jack Johnson 1910 175-190 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-QcU86VC30   wily boxer for a big man

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11.  Willie Pep   WWII era 115-125 lbs.   (see above youtube)   shiftiest defensive boxer in history

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12.  Ray Leonard 1979-1981 138-147 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQqKE057R60   didn’t have the deft footwork of Ali, but still very effective & powerful for a speedy boxer

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13.   Roberto Duran 1970s 130-135 lbs.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AWzmLWKFJw   a ratchet down version/caliber of incomparable Langford

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14.  Benny Leonard pre-WWI era 125-133 lbs.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRDxgwDuBn4    very erudite smart boxer with great anticipation

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15.  Jack Dempsey II (not nonpareil)  WWI era 175-185 lbs.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyj1JKKiBT8   (great convergence of Dempsey & Joe Louis   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGo5K_VPtIk   )      very unusual for big man because of Dempsey’s cat-quick movement afoot

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16.  original Joe Walcott 1890s 127-135 lbs.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4psHJGRGus8     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbados_Joe_Walcott  (though Walcott preceded Langford by 10 yrs., Walcott is regarded as a lesser version of Langford, pound for pound)

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17.   Mickey Walker  1920s 140-147 lbs.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KskFGxqjCBQ  very durable powerful puncher

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18.   Joe Louis 1930s 185-198 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTaEMvYluMg  the darling of our WWII generation;  very methodical & efficient   — Ali would’ve outboxed Louis, unquestionably

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19.   Tony Canzoneri  Great Depression era 114-118 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhduRmOjwOg    antecedent of Sweet Pea Whitaker

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20.  Carlos Zarate 1970s 114-118 lbs.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFFFJfjhiYw  fine footwork with power

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21.  Wilfredo Gomez  1970s 115-122 lbs.  (see above video)   great defensive footwork

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22.   Peter Jackson 1880s 165-180 lbs.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Jackson_(boxer)  wonderful athlete

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Many others comprise the lower pantheon of the best-ever in the history of boxing, both ultra-ancient 2 millennia ago, & contempos Pacquaio (for scaling up in weight efficiently)/Mayweather/Roy Jones/Dela Hoya at 130 lbs./Whitaker  — pantheon also incl. WWII era’s Charley Burley/1800s Jack McAuliffe/etc..     Lower tier  PFP also includes Hearns/Pancho Villa (Cisco Guilledo)/original Dempsey/Young Griffo/Jeffries/Sullivan/Barry/Patterson (as super middleweight)/Charles/Ryan/McCoy/Attell/Loughran/Jofre/Manuel Ortiz/Tunney/Corbett/etc.

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PFP greatest puncher is Fitzsimmons, Foreman is hardest heavyweight puncher, more so than quickie Tyson/ponderous Lewis, Shavers & Liston/etc.   Marciano best puncher at 188 lbs., more so than Dempsey II/Johnson.

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My Hawai’i mentor is Paul Lou (Korean Yoo, but INS spelled last name as Lou) 1930-2016.   Pat Baptiste was my newspaper chronicler 1934-2004.   Heroes all!!

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I love watching Jose Luis Lopez’ tight pocket attack (both pistons forward like a young Jim Jeffries). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=280GoVIEuvg But a lateral mover like Ray Leonard would’ve outboxed Lopez. How would Lopez fare vs. prime Donald Curry? I pick more versatile Curry.

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I love watching Jose Luiz Ramirez vs. Rosario II. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq7J-d6MU_w    But boxers befuddled iron man Ramirez.

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beautiful tribute from  the “new” to the nostalgia of the “old”   —

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iShuZvyDHA

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The greatest boxer from the Hawaiian Islands is southpaw Chinese Celestial David Kui Kong Young 1916-2012 (died at age 96), followed by Dado Marino/Bobo Olson/Frankie Fernandez/Stan Harrington.    P.I. imports Little Dado (as flyweight)/Small Montana/Rush Dalma/Speedy Dado/Ceferino Garcia/Little Pancho/Ben Villaflor top our foreign list.  PFP, adept quick boxers Little Dado/Small Montana/Speedy Dado would have given Kui Kong Young loads of trouble, as you see w/Kui Kong’s multi-fight sagas vs. fellow bantie Rush Dalma.

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David Kui Kong Young the “Mandarin Magician” & “Chinese Celestial” from Waikiki

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Tsuneshi Maruo born March 1925 is at the beautiful nursing home facility in Hawai’i Kai.   You can go to the front desk to see him in the recreation/social rooms.   Tsuneshi has Alzheimers but as such, he remembers the 1940s as if they happened just yesterday.   He does not remember much about the past 10 years, which are not relevant to a topic about the distant past.   Tsuneshi was Young’s chief (& most talented) sparring partner.   Tsuneshi was ranked in the top 10 in the world at bantie the same time Young was the top-ranked challenger.   Young’s  2 main decoys were his right jab which he used as a wand to confuse the opponent, the outcome being Young’s quick conversion to a stiff jab which had enough power to unbalance the opponent’s stance, and Young’s levitating forward right foot which unhinged the opponent’s focus on Young’s upper torso.   Both jab & forward foot tools of misdirection set up the opponent for Young’s  killer lightning straight left cross to the body in the initial rounds and to the head in the middle & later rounds.   Tsuneshi remembers well Tsuneshi’s feint right cross followed by Tsuneshi’s lean-over to the left jab, but interrupted by Young’s stiff right jab which jolted Tsuneshi backward into an unbalanced retreat, followed by Young’s killer left cross (with padded gloves).   Yes, Young’s counterpunching superiority was evident a la today’s supreme strategic counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez.

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Bobby Lee born 1921 is still alive & well and was Young’s camp aide.   Ironically, Bobby is Bobo Olson’s biggest backer and ranks Young #2 in the Hawaiian Islands behind Bobo, based on 1) Bobo’s consistent superior level of competition (e.g. Sugar Ray Robinson “SRR”) and 2) Bobo’s title legacy (but Bobo is the 2nd internationally recognized world titlist from Hawai’i, after my Wainaku Hilo’s Dado Marino in 1950).   Bobby says that if Young were less a gentleman boxer & more a barbaric savage, that Young would’ve beaten Ortiz for the world title.    Young was mentally not in shape when Ortiz KO’d Young in their 2nd non-title fight.   Ortiz’ title had eluded Young for so long that Young was depressed amid WWII’s obstacle.   Bobby is in the phone book.

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You need to Youtube Ortiz to see Ortiz’ hyper turbo punch rate, fast hands, & versatile attack from all angles, not to mention Ortiz’ defensive prowess to slide with the opponent’s punches to avoid getting hurt.   Hank Kaplan 1919-2007 says that Ortiz is the greatest bantie of all time, which places Young way up there in the pantheon of the best-ever.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu98_XGz0nQ

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Here is a young Kui Kong KO’ing very experienced top-notch bantamweight Micky Miller   —

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http://thoughtequityfootage.com/video/clip/48050044_1700.do?assetId=clip_885

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great cognition demonstrated in these you tube authors’ analyses   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGTMg5vZ3ho

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great cognition from cerebral Bernard Hopkins   —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds7tSKJL0ao

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great technique

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the business side of boxing   — why Pacquiao vs. Mayweather might never happen  —

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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/manny-pacquiao-s-top-rank-extension-cements-death-to-potential-floyd-mayweather-fight-001704691.html

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great ambassadors of boxing   — Wonderful gentlemen Manny Pacquiao & Miguel Cotto  —

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go to timeclock 4:17 for Cotto’s classy & yet profoundly humble demeanor   —

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in praise of defensive specialist trainer Jesus Rivero born 1929      —


http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://yucatan.com.mx/imagen/el-rostro-oculto-de-cholain-rivero&prev=/search%3Fq%3Djesus%2Bcholain%2Brivero%26biw%3D1485%26bih%3D808

 

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Roman Gonzales is nothing special           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMnkr90F_Co

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The best boxers from the island of Hawai’i are in order of priority:    Waiakea-Uka camp 4 genesis Paul Inamine (died in Pearl Harbor attack)

http://ejmas.com/jcs/jcsart_svinth1_1200.htm
Wainaku Mokuhonua Lane’s 1940 National AAU titlist Paul Matsumoto, not Waiakea-Uka Camp 6 blowhard Paul (cash & carry) Matsumoto, Richard “Pablo”Chinen (Waiakea Uka camp 6 stablemate of camp 4’s Paul Inamine), Waiakea-Uka camp 6 & Cus D’Amato-recruited Olympic tryouter Bobby Hayashida, Waiakea-Uka camp 5 pro Joho Shiroma, 1956 U.S. Olympian Choken Maekawa of Kohala.    Yes, Waiakea-Uka products dominate our best-ever pantheon.   Pi’ihonua product Mokey Hanagami lacked the moxy/quickness of Inamine/Matsumoto/Chinen/Hayashida/Maekawa.   Hanagami a scaled-down version of tough as nails Shiroma.

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Paul Inamine (died in Pearl Harbor attack)

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