Originally Posted by ruthless rocco You guys are ignoring the obvious... Floyd started his career at 130lbs. He demonstrated KO power and was at his fastest at was at 135lbs. He is now fighting guys who are naturally bigger & stronger than him. He's fighting fighters that can take his 135lb punch. Natural 147 - 154 pounders. He simply can't KO guys that going to finish their careers at 154 or 160 or 168. So he has to rely on his speed and defense to win fights. He's outclassing guys that should be able to pummel him into the ground
Originally Posted by ykdadamaja People don't like to think about Terry Norris in this discussion, but he had keys to beat Floyd too... and sweet pea
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel Last Friday, Joe Jr. and Brandon were talking shop and I had the pleasure of eavesdropping.
Joe Jr. was an ex-fighter like-father-like-son, and began talking about himself squaring up starting after his shoulder injuries. He now has pins in both of his shoulders. He then stands nearly side-ways and says I used to fight like this and then half-raises his left arm showing the rising-jab he used to posses. After throwing a rising-jab, he'd hook off of it.
Getting to the
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel The bad news about the sparring is that it's going to be a while before I'll be able to spar again. Mr. Byrd says that you need your amateur book, which looks like a boxing passport to be able to spar. He says it's because if there is an inspector that comes by and finds out that we are unlicensed or if our licences are expired, we can get banned and Joe would get suspended. Jackson has no license to begin with, and I need the forms so that I can renew mine.
Normally Mrs. Byrd handles
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel Sparring
The Friday before last was the first time that I'd spar I had in 5 years. For the four consecutive days leading up to that, I've been doing the regular routine described above along with running 4 miles in the early morning. I was still a little beat from the days before.
Anyway, Joe Sr. didn't come in, so it was just me, Jackson (aka "Man-man"), DJ, Brandon with Joe Jr. left
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel
A typical day at Joe Byrd's spells like this:
Joe Byrd Jr. (His son, not a misspelling) gestures everyone to sit on the floor and we start our floor routine. We do some stomach exercises, windmills (toe touching), jumping jacks, running in place while punching, and a couple other simple calisthenics to get warmed up.
Afterward, the guys finish wrapping their hands and go to a preferred spot around
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel First I'd like to briefly introduce Joe Byrd Sr. Some of you may know him as father of former heavyweight champ Chris Byrd. Joe was a former pro fighter himself (see Joe Byrd - Boxer). Now age 77, he's been coaching boxing for almost 50 years.
Just scratching the surface, I found out that he was a sparring partner for Bob Foster for the Joe Frazier bout. Yesterday, I asked him about a Sugar Ray Robinson fight
Originally Posted by Chris Nagel Last week I started going to back to Joe Byrd's Boxing Academy. It's been 5 years since I've passed through it's doors, and it's exhilarating to be back again.
During my hiatus from boxing a lot has happened, I traveled, went to school, got married, started on a career as a house painter, but after all the gym beckoned me. The gym would often sneak into my dreams, and I longed to be back in the ring,
Originally Posted by DannyV297 Ballrooms are the worst but there are some real nice, quaint venues that come to mind for me. Primm Nevada Star of the Desert arena is my all time favorite small venue aside from the lone gate. Hard rock in Vegas is a favorite of mine too. I want to hit up fantasy springs here soon as well as morongo. When I lived on the east coast I always wanted to hit up Foxwoods in Connecticut and the dc armory. I
Originally Posted by Zelley Potential nominees for 2015 are being looked at with early bird names
being Geronimo Bie and Ken MacDonald in the boxer category, David Habib and Dale Gatin as builders and a potential pioneer Howard Curling who served in the fifties to the eighties.