Originally Posted by Barnburner
Just an idea I had, basically answer the following questions and we will see how we go from there.
Favourite Boxers: Marvin Hagler, Joe Frazier, Carmen Basilio, Ken Buchanan and Joe Louis. Les Darcy - Carmen Basilio - Battling Nelson - Tony Zale - Mickey Walker.... or Marciano depends on me mood
How did you begin to like boxing: After a soccer game I was the only one in my team trying as we were getting owned 6-1. I'd always respected boxing as a sport from an early age and after this incident wanted to try a solo sport. 2 years later I'm still at it. I got into it when Jeff Fenech won his first title against Satoshi Shingaki although I was pretty big on Ali as a kid, but what really got me into it was a couple of books especially one on Les Darcy,, his story was the clincher,,, and the other reason was watching old films of Dempsey, marciano, Basilio Zale and graziano III especially,,,, yep film and books,, I eat em up
What made you become a hardcore fan: I think it was how personal the sport was, with all it's little stories, each fighter having their own individual character and a connection with fighters you don't get with other sports. All this made we want to find out more and more. already covered above
Have you boxed before?/done anything boxing related: I'm an amateur boxer. Never trained as a boxer, had to use bare fists a hell of a lot as a youngster but just in defence,,, my record there was ordinary,, successful sometimes,, busted up and bleeding too often for my liking,,, not a good enough record for a local street title thats for sure.. LOL
How big is boxing in your area: Sadly in Scotland it's not very big, hence why I joined a forum. Apart from maybe 5 casual fan friends I have there's no-one else to really talk to about it. Ditto
What style is your favourite/how do you box if you do: My favourite style to box as is classic boxer puncher/counter puncher. Much like Marvin Hagler, Ezzard Charles, Ray Leonard etc. My favourite style to watch is skilled brawlers/inside fighters. People like Frazier, Basilio etc. I like some of both actually, I can enjoy Willie Pep any bit as much as a brawler,,,, I particularly prefer a Darcy style of fighter ... RARE,, a fighter with a chin to make me stare in wonder at,, a great infighter,, has plenty of boxing skill but who is exciting and perpetual motion,, and most of all,, massive KO power in both hands,,,,,, I mentioned Pep as well,, but only one man could do what he did, and his name is Willie Pep,,, a complete original like Darcy,,, they broke the mould when they designed those two.... Special mention For Bat Nelson and that type of fighter,, if you dont admire that type,,, you aint a real fight fan
Who is the GOAT in your opinion: I have Sugar Ray Robinson at top spot at the moment. With Greb and Langoford closing in and Charles and Armstrong tailing them. Ahh The impossible Boxing question,,,,,,, the GOAT's name is Sugar Darcy Rocky Muhammad Langford Benny Leonard Pep,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Jr. Thats one long name aint it
What is your favourite division. I like Welterweight/Middleweight the best. Perfect blend of speed and power. Also a fan of Featherweight and Lightweight. Lightweight because it has the most great fighters of any,,, WW because Carmen Basilio was there,, and MW because Les Darcy and I,,, McGOORTY were there,,, (among many many others of course
What's your favourite fights: Hagler vs Hearns, Ali vs Frazier 1, Gomez vs Pintor. Hagler vs Antufermo 1, Leonard Duran, Duran vs DeJesus II, Leonard vs Benitez. Darcy Vs the lot,,, especially the 2nd McGoorty fight,,,,, Moore Vs Durelle.... Basilio Vs Robinson I & II.... Basilio vs Tony DeMarco II,,, the 3rd Graziano V Zale fight,,, but more than any fight, I gotta say its hands down the 40 round bloodbath between Nelson and Wolgast
Why did you choose boxingscene: I googled boxing forum. First I tried had basically no members. Went to ESB and hated the dark colour. Then tried here and got to know a few members. Stayed since. I was looking for opinion on Darcy,, and was gonna leave because it took me a day or two to see him on a list, I realized that 99& here knew absolutely nothing about him,, zilch,, and as Id read about all the other greats and notables before I found the Darcy book I knew Id have a lot to offer due to a very good memory
If anyone can think of any other questions just put them down and I'll add them to the main post.