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pyropig
02-06-2005, 03:07 AM
I wanted to know if any of you guys knoew anything about this fighter from a long long time ago, Harry Greb, all I know is he had an incredible record of 177-12 (Im not 100% sure of the accuracy of those stats, Its close though) but the incredible part is he was blind in one eye, and partially in the other, and he was a dirty fighter, not one of them types that didnt liked to follow the rules.

I need to do a report on an athlete for school, everyone is doing, Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds, etc. etc. I thought it would be pretty cool to do one on an unknown boxer, that no one really knows about, teach them something new.

cple
02-06-2005, 01:59 PM
Harry Greb regularly fought the best welterweights, middleweights, lt. heavyweights, and even heavyweights of his time, while weighing around 164 pounds. Nicknamed the "Human Windmill" because of his swarming style and non-stop punching from every conceivable angle. In a total of 299 bouts, he amassed a record of 262(48kos)-21-15, and beat legends such as Jack Blackburn, Jack Dillon, Battling Levinsky, Kid Norfolk, Gene Tunney, Tommy Loughran, Tiger Flowers, Mickey Walker, Maxie Rosenbloom, among others, without a big punch. As you can see, that's a simply mind boggling record.

It is said that he was permanently blind in one eye after receiving a thumb from Kid Norfolk, and his best opposition came after this happened. Incredible. About his style, it is said that it was like none other. Like i noted before, he was a swarmer that threw non-stop punches from all angles. Eye witness accounts say that he possessed some of the quickest hands of all-time. And of course, he was a notoriously dirty fighter, utilizing anything to win: elbows, laces, heatbutts, thumbs, et. al.

In the end, he was one of the greatest fighters to ever live and is in my top 5 for sure.

Kid Achilles
02-06-2005, 10:04 PM
Check out www.harrygreb.com for pictures, info, and even some footage of the man.

M26
02-07-2005, 03:15 PM
He was awesome. Reportedly, he drank and smoked heavily throughout most of his career and still he managed to throw punches nonstop for 15 rounds. If true, it boggles my mind! Bert Sugar has him as the third greatest fighter of all time, p4p.

jack_the_rippuh
02-07-2005, 04:21 PM
Harry Greb regularly fought the best welterweights, middleweights, lt. heavyweights, and even heavyweights of his time, while weighing around 164 pounds. Nicknamed the "Human Windmill" because of his swarming style and non-stop punching from every conceivable angle. In a total of 299 bouts, he amassed a record of 262(48kos)-21-15, and beat legends such as Jack Blackburn, Jack Dillon, Battling Levinsky, Kid Norfolk, Gene Tunney, Tommy Loughran, Tiger Flowers, Mickey Walker, Maxie Rosenbloom, among others, without a big punch. As you can see, that's a simply mind boggling record.

It is said that he was permanently blind in one eye after receiving a thumb from Kid Norfolk, and his best opposition came after this happened. Incredible. About his style, it is said that it was like none other. Like i noted before, he was a swarmer that threw non-stop punches from all angles. Eye witness accounts say that he possessed some of the quickest hands of all-time. And of course, he was a notoriously dirty fighter, utilizing anything to win: elbows, laces, heatbutts, thumbs, et. al.

In the end, he was one of the greatest fighters to ever live and is in my top 5 for sure.

Was he the best swarmer ever?

cple
02-07-2005, 06:19 PM
Was he the best swarmer ever?

I can't necessarily confirm that, since i haven't seen him in action and the fact that there have been so many great swarmers: Dempsey, Frazier, Armstrong, LaMotta, et. al. But i'll say that he was probably the most accomplished swarmer that fought the best opposition.

Kid Achilles
02-13-2005, 03:27 PM
The thing was not only was he a great swarmer, but also a great boxer in the traditional sense as well. Overall he was probably one of the most gifted fighter ever. Awesome handspeed, unlimited endurance, great chin and heart and lots of skill. He had everything but a big punch and if he had that he would probably be hands down the greatest fighting machine of all time.

Mediocre puncher as he was,I've read that he gave Dempsey all he could handle in sparring (and Dempsey didn't hold back when he sparred regardless of whether he was fighting a middleweight, a lightweight, his grandmother, anyone) and that tells you all you need to know there.

Dynamite76
02-13-2005, 03:38 PM
When did they spar, when Dempsey was champ or contender?

Imira
02-14-2005, 06:04 PM
Harry Greb was also the only man to ever beat Gene Tunney.

QueenCity
02-14-2005, 09:41 PM
Check out www.harrygreb.com for pictures, info, and even some footage of the man.
thats a good link thanks for putting it up

stix
02-16-2005, 07:44 AM
:boxing: Harry was the ****, man. He even ****ed chicks in the dressing room, before the fight. He was in a class all by himself. :D

realtim
02-16-2005, 08:56 AM
If he had power he would of been a multiple weight champion for sure, Came from Irish ancestry which is typical of the man the toughness the chin the never say die attitude. What a fighter beat the great Gene Tunney aswell who also hailed from Ireland.

jack_the_rippuh
02-16-2005, 09:26 AM
:boxing: Harry was the ****, man. He even ****ed chicks in the dressing room, before the fight. He was in a class all by himself. :D

He proved Hopkins' theory wrong...

P.S. "The G-Man" Gerald McClellan use to get off to animal fights in his room before a fight..

J !
02-16-2005, 10:32 AM
He proved Hopkins' theory wrong...

P.S. "The G-Man" Gerald McClellan use to get off to animal fights in his room before a fight..


His favourite pitbull was called Deuce I believe and he used to buy it pups from the pet shop, labs and the like and feed them to his pitbulls, nice guy.

what comes round goes round. :boxing:

puppy_dogg
02-16-2005, 10:38 AM
:boxing: Harry was the ****, man. He even ****ed chicks in the dressing room, before the fight. He was in a class all by himself. :D

it was said that the G man would hit the ***** before a fight to

jack_the_rippuh
02-16-2005, 11:40 AM
If Bernard Hopkins thinks sex takes everything out of you while you're training...why doesn't he take one of those drugs (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc.) and have all the sex he wants..

stix
02-17-2005, 04:27 AM
:boxing: For most normal human beings; sex before a fight, is at the very least, going to take the fighter's edge off and be counter productive. Harry was an extremely hyperactive guy. He was anything but normal. :boxing:

SouthPawHitman
05-28-2016, 05:01 AM
:boxing: Harry was the ****, man. He even ****ed chicks in the dressing room, before the fight. He was in a class all by himself. :D

Harry was the man.

Mr.DagoWop
05-28-2016, 10:39 AM
If he had power he would of been a multiple weight champion for sure, Came from Irish ancestry which is typical of the man the toughness the chin the never say die attitude. What a fighter beat the great Gene Tunney aswell who also hailed from Ireland.

Greb was German-American.

rightsideup
05-28-2016, 12:29 PM
Greb was German-American.thats true but I believe his mother was Irish

Mr.DagoWop
05-28-2016, 01:37 PM
thats true but I believe his mother was Irish

I've heard that too but most sources say it was untrue and that he claimed that in order to honor a dead friend or something like that.

The Old LefHook
05-28-2016, 02:33 PM
I've heard that too but most sources say it was untrue and that he claimed that in order to honor a dead friend or something like that.

What kind of chance would poor old Greb stand against modern men who eat balanced meals. Balanced meals make a man much faster. I read it right here.

Weltschmerz
06-02-2016, 02:02 AM
What kind of chance would poor old Greb stand against modern men who eat balanced meals. Balanced meals make a man much faster. I read it right here.

He would be even greater, perhaps. These old timers lived hard lives in and out of the ring and it took its toll. Fewer fights, higher paydays and a more comfortable life they have today.

Steve plunger
06-03-2016, 02:20 AM
Out of all the old school boxers it's greb that catches my attention the most....incredible record and fearing absolutely no man in that ring no matter how big he was.....I think him and Mickey walker came to blows in a restaurant just after they had fought that night....stuff of folklore he was

The Old LefHook
06-03-2016, 04:40 AM
The reality is Greb might not be as much fun to watch as he is to read about. Swarmers seldom pack a big punch, and he was no exception. Such fighters are generally boring to me in spite of their high activity levels. He may have been so good at the style that he didn't bore.

Feint
06-11-2016, 02:32 AM
He was an interesting character:

1. He was a bit of a dirty fighter (although to be fair, most fighters during this era took liberties with the rules).

2. He truly loved the sport and was always ready to sign up for his next bout just as soon as his previous one was finished.

3. Had a serious eye injury that he hid from most people in his life.

4. One of the sad ironies for boxing fans is despite his exciting style, to this date no film of him exists partaking in an actual fight.

5. Was supposedly extremely vain and the surgery that eventually led to his death was undertaken because he didn't like the way his nose looked after years of fighting.

Anthony342
06-11-2016, 05:27 PM
Yeah, that's the incredible part to me. That there's no film footage of any of his fights.

Weltschmerz
06-22-2016, 03:36 PM
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yngwie
06-24-2016, 01:51 AM
You can say anything about that old fighters, but they were as tough as they come, Greb fought hundreds of fights and many of them are unlisted, used to drink and smoke a lot, fighting in bars, going with a lot of girls, and getting in the ring with anyone, he was filmed, but the footage disappeared, the only fighter i never saw but i wish i could. (well they are some others like Jackie Beard, Felix Betancourt, Bernard Mays and few others)