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Old 05-05-2012, 04:14 PM
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Default Harold Johnson - Thoughts?

What can you tell me about this fighter in terms of how skilled he is and where he ranks as ATG? He's one of my favorites to watch, very textbook with his style. The man defines the word "sweet science".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8xqtIkXsk

The man gets rarely mentioned alongside other greats, which is a shame. Thoughts on Harold Johnson?
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:31 PM
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Harold Johnson is the epitome of an ATG. He's a throwback and one of the most skilled fighters I have ever witnessed.

Great resume, not good resume. Great resume.

He beat;

Ezzard Charles
Archie Moore
Jimmy Bivins
Willie Pastrano
Bert Lytell
Henry Hall
Bob Satterfield x2
Paul Andrews x2
Marty Mashall
Sonny Ray
Doug Jones
Gustav Scholz
Henry Hank
Eddie Jones
Nino Valdes
Jimmy Slade x2
Eddie Machen

All of which were Top 10- Top 5. And a handful also went on to be ranked from Top 5 to #1 in their division after the bouts with Johnson. Which is a pretty great resume If I ever saw one.

Names like Archie Moore (Top 10-15 ATG), Ezzard Charles (Top 5 ATG), Jimmy Bivins, Bert Lytell (Should be a HOF'er), Willie Pastrano.

And that's just the top of it.

Moved up to Heavyweight and beat very good ranked HW's like Valdez and Machen. Those 2 names are two of Sonny Liston's very best wins.

Top 5 LHW IMO. I seem to be in the minority in that but I think more than a case can be made.

Harold Johnson is a great fighter. IMO amongst the greatest fighter's of his time.
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