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The Boxing Benchmark
An Available Tool for Measuring Gloved Greatness


As I wrap up this 22 year effort to plumb the truth of hand-to-hand combat in an instructional context, it is time I develop a tool for evaluating ring fighters according to available video records.

In this spirit, I will look at the major weight divisions in boxing through a common portal, particular great fighters of the 1970s, for whom a wealth of video footage is freely available, for the purpose of comparing fighters across the generations, as an exercise in observant evaluation, rather than passive spectating.

For the heavyweights, Mohamed Ali is the obvious benchmark fighter for studying those who came before and after his generation of greats.

I will be looking for three other fighters from the early 1970s for whom extensive footage is available:

Middleweight

Welterweight

Lightweight

My initial thoughts are Monzon, Leonard and Duran.

Do you have any alternative suggestions?

American Fist: A Fighter’s View of Boxing

https://www.amazon.com/American-Fist-Fighters-View-Boxing/dp/1502896001/ref=sr_1_18?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511037944&sr=1-18&refinements=p_27%3AJames+LaFond

The Greatest Boxer: An Objective Ranking of the Top Boxers

https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Boxer-Objective-Ranking-Boxers/dp/150289565X/ref=sr_1_19?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511037944&sr=1-19&refinements=p_27%3AJames+LaFond

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John Paul BarberJuly 31, 2018 11:15 PM UTC

Alexis Arguello
responds:August 1, 2018 12:35 AM UTC

Yes, a more balanced lightweight than Duran.
ShepJuly 30, 2018 7:10 PM UTC

Hitman Hearns.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Nero the PictJuly 30, 2018 5:50 PM UTC

George Foreman?
SeanJuly 29, 2018 6:03 PM UTC

Not early 70s but Hearns started in 76.