Originally Posted by SlySlickSmooth
I was way too young to see Toney back in the days, but I've read that his style of fighting as well as a way he taught himself was I heard he would watch tons of tape of "old school" fighters. IE: Ezzard Charles
He would watch them, study them, and shadowbox in ways alike. Was he a student of the game, or gifted athlete?
Also how many great boxers weren't so athletically gifted as they were students of the game?
Boxers I would say were more student: Marquez, Malinaggi, Nicolino Locche, Bernard Hopkins
Hard to make a line of what boxers were more "student" than "gifted athlete" yes a lot of them are students, with gifts that helped them excel.
Can you name some boxers that weren't as so gifted as was their intuition to learn the craft?
Toney is a student of the game but he's also one of the most natural fighters in history in the sense that he is totally relaxed during fights. Only Toney can be so out of shape and not get tires. You cannot teach what Toney does. His talent comes in the form of being a natural fighter rather than a natural athlete (even though he was a very good athlete also). Also, you can't teach Toney's chin.