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Moore said he never, "but never" throws a punch unless everything is right for the punch—unless his legs and hands are where he wants them and his body balance is correct.
He demonstrated the importance of body balance by having the SI man stand up.
"What make you think you're on balance? You on balance?" He pushed gently with two fingers and the SI man sat down.
Then Moore stood in the fighter's "natural position"—left foot forward and in a slight crouch.
The SI man pushed him hard but nothing happened. The SI man tried the "natural position." Moore pushed and again nothing happened.
Moore has the rare ability to start the jab and then, using the same body momentum, crook the arm and convert the jab into a good left hook. It is done in one motion. He calls this "hooking off a jab." Tony Zale was a master at it and Moore regards himself as tops at it too. Joe Louis, he says, never did it.
" Louis would go jab, jab, drop his arms. Jab, jab, drop his arms. Then, if he wanted to make a hook, he'd do it all by itself, real quick. Wasn't the same thing."
The "hook off the jab" and the "left cross" are two Moore trade-marks which set him off from most fighters.
Moore on escapology:
"I try to build a bridge. With each punch I try to build a bridge so I can escape over it if something goes wrong. That's what you call escapology. That's what I call escapology."