Tag: History

Talking Legends:📽️ Archie Moore

Relentless, menacing, driven, physically and mentally imposing, “The Mongoose” 🇺🇸Archie Moore (186-23-10, 132KO👊) cemented himself as a legend among legends, and was one of the best fighters of the Golden-Age in the 1950’s. Moore was well known for his cross-armed defense and relentless nature in pressuring fighters to systematically break them down round by round. He had impeccable power, evidenced by his 132 KO’s, which stands as the second highest knockout total in boxing history.

He was a very intelligent craftsman, and had excellent footwork inside to pivot and put his opponent in compromising positions while it enabled Archie to load up on his shot to drive the power home. As a long time World Champion… Continue reading “Talking Legends:📽️ Archie Moore”

Ketchel Pays the Price

Colorized classic photo of Heavyweight Champion 🇺🇸Jack Johnson standing over 🇺🇸Stanley Ketchel after delivering the knockout shot in the twelfth round of their fight in 1909.

It’s said that the fighters agreed to carry the bout the originally scheduled 20 rounds. Ketchel however saw an opportunity in the 12th round and went for the knockout, putting the champion on the canvas. When Johnson rose to his feet, Ketchel closed in, attempting to finish the deal, but found himself on the receiving end of a huge right hand from Johnson which he would not recover from.

“He crossed me and I made him pay for it.”
-Jack Johnson

Colorized by Jordan Singleton

Talking Legends:📽️ Pernell Whitaker

Some fighters defy logic with the way they’re able to see events 5 steps ahead of everyone else, whose reaction time is as quick as the flick of a light switch, and can adapt to anything presented in front of them with a natural acumen to their craft.

In boxing, I don’t think there’s a better example in the last half a century of this than the great 🥇🇺🇸Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker (40-4-1, 17KO👊), who had the greatest reflexes displayed since the great Nicolino Locche, and superseded Locche’s ability by being able to counter routinely off of those insane angles and pivots that he would use to evade the onslaught of punches. “Sweet Pete” had very strong legs, which enabled him to cover a lot of ground which made his defensive acumen even scarier, and was the foundation of his overall attack. Continue reading “Talking Legends:📽️ Pernell Whitaker”