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Old 11-19-2011, 08:00 PM #1
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So we all know boxers are usually known for bragging and trash talking their opponent to both build themselves up and to provide enough hype and excitement for their upcoming fight. But who are the guys in boxing history that never or almost never did that? Who were and are the nice, classy guys in boxing, that never seemed to badmouth their opponents but were always kind and respectful?
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:05 PM #2
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:14 PM #3
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Joe Louis and funnily enough the nicest bloke of a world champion ever.....Richie Woodhall.

Max Schmelling seemed like a thoroughly nice bloke.

Rocky Marciano was a dirty, revolting, ruthless man in the ring but he was a real charmer before and after fights.

Floyd Patterson was clearly quite introverted, but always respectful......another nice guy.

Oscar De La Hoya wasn't bad either. He was a little churlish after the Whitaker fight, but usually no trash talking and nice compliments for all his opponents post fight.

Leonard did the media darling thing quite well.....only the real fans knew that there was far more cunning and ruthlessness to his persona.

And who could dislike Frank Bruno???
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:23 PM #4
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Arguello, classiest of all time.
The first person that I thought of when I seen this thread. And Louis was another.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:25 PM #5
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Joe Louis and funnily enough the nicest bloke of a world champion ever.....Richie Woodhall.

Max Schmelling seemed like a thoroughly nice bloke.

Rocky Marciano was a dirty, revolting, ruthless man in the ring but he was a real charmer before and after fights.

Floyd Patterson was clearly quite introverted, but always respectful......another nice guy.

Oscar De La Hoya wasn't bad either. He was a little churlish after the Whitaker fight, but usually no trash talking and nice compliments for all his opponents post fight.

Leonard did the media darling thing quite well.....only the real fans knew that there was far more cunning and ruthlessness to his persona.

And who could dislike Frank Bruno???
I'm pretty sure he said something before the Whitaker fight, I can't quite put my finger on it though.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:31 PM #6
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I'm pretty sure he said something before the Whitaker fight, I can't quite put my finger on it though.

I remember the after fight interview, Oscar was very complimentary about Whitaker's jab..........and then suddenly seemed to change by saying something along the lines of 'I expected him to be stronger'.

He may well have said something before the fight, but Whitaker did seem to get under Oscar's skin. Pernell could be one ****y chap......it may have been provoked.

That said, Oscar was very much provoked by Mayorga.......but he stored up all his resentment for the ring that night.
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Duran??? At times maybe, outside the ring.
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