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Old 12-09-2012, 03:58 AM
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he also said something to the effect of: "that ball of fire has a shot against anybody." (from memory, can someone find the real quote?)

although from what i gather johnson was prone to claiming one thing then asserting another. either way, the fact remains sam gave him one of his toughest fights.

I thought the quote was "That little smoke has a shot against anybody." But my memory is hazy so I may be wrong too. Johnson also pulled a pistol on Langford when they ran into each other in a tavern and Langford was pressuring him for a rematch. I don't know if Sam would have won, but this was a clear duck by Johnson who was offered big money to fight Langford both in France and Australia.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:04 AM
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He is highly thought of. Please expand on his virtues.
Jack Dempsey once said that Langford, despite his size, is someone he would never have contended with.

That should give you somewhat of an idea of what his virtues were, especially coming from a man who was considered The Greatest pugilist during their time.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:51 AM
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Jack Johnson called sam " the toughest son of a bich god ever created"
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:00 AM
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Sam Langford is one of the most highly respected fighters in history. If he had been born white and was given the opportunities available to white fighters in his era, he'd probably be hailed today as being close to as great as Robinson P4P. As it stands, he kind of already is considered to be so by some.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:01 PM
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Jack Dempsey once said that Langford, despite his size, is someone he would never have contended with.

That should give you somewhat of an idea of what his virtues were, especially coming from a man who was considered The Greatest pugilist during their time.
Actually, when Dempsey was offered a fight with Langford he turned it down because he did not feel he was experienced enough at that time to fight such an accomplished fighter. This was during Dempsey's first trip to New York, when he was very young, and Langford was 36
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:56 PM
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Actually, when Dempsey was offered a fight with Langford he turned it down because he did not feel he was experienced enough at that time to fight such an accomplished fighter. This was during Dempsey's first trip to New York, when he was very young, and Langford was 36
This was true. Dempsey weighed 160-170 at the time, had not filled out yet, and was inexperienced.
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