Bigger Not Always Better In Boxing!

Bigger Not Always Better In Boxing!

There’s an old saying, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall!”Last Saturday in Saudi Arabia, previously unbeaten heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, 26-0-1, finally tasted defeat at the hands of Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois, 20-2, by stoppage in the tenth and final round. Miller came in at a walloping 333 pounds.

I remember Eric “Butterbean” Esch finishing his career weighting #426 ½ pounds, being defeated by Kirk Lawton, 1-1, in two rounds. His last win, coming in at #417 ½, was over Joe Sicliano, 4-3, at #313 ½, stopped in two rounds.

The highlight of his career was getting credited with a dubious knockdown in the final seconds of the last round ten when former champ Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes, 68-6, hit the canvas. Holmes felt making the “4 rounder champ” agree to a ten round fight he would stop him late in the fight.

The greatest combined weight in a title fight was 488 ¾ pounds, when champion Primo Carnera (259 ½) outpointed Paulino Uzcudun (229 ½) in Rome, Italy, on October 22, 1933.

At 6’09”, former Dallas Cowboy Ed “Too Tall” Jones went 6-0 but was dropped several times by an average Mexican and decided boxing was not for him.

At 6:09 ½, “Big” Jim Beattie, 40-10, from Minnesota, ended up losing four of his last five fights.

Romanian Gogea “Giant of Marsani” Mitu was 7’04” and 2-0, South African Ewart Potgeter, 7’02” at 11-2-1, Julius “Towering Inferno” Long, 7’1” at 18-27-1, still active in New Zealand and from Michigan at age 46, champion Russian Nikolai Valuev, 7’0” was an exception, Taishan Dong, 6’11” was 6-0 from China and of course current champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury, at 6’09” another exception.

Also, John Rankin, 7’04” at #300, was 1-0 from Louisiana, Irish champ Jim Cully, 7’02” at 3-3, Marcellus “More Than a Conqueror” Brown, 7’0” at #273 from Kentucky and 33-18-1, Tom Payne 7’02”, 3-2, NBA player from California and Gil Anderson, 7’0”, 2-0 from California.

I remember NBA great Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain over 7’0” talking about boxing when Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali whispered in his ear, “Timber!” That was it for Wilt.

 

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