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THE GOOD BOXER VS. THE GOOD SLUGGER
Ezra Bowen
September 19, 1955
Archie Moore is unmarked (except for an abdominal scar, the result of surgery for ulcers) after a score of years in the prize ring, during which he has fought the best of those who were willing to meet him. His features are a sign of his extraordinary ability to defend himself and of his particular care not, if he can help it, to get hit about the head. Moore started as a defensive fighter but learned early that boxing fans do not admire this breed. Before long he was developing his natural punching ability. One of the key points in Moore's defense is the curious horizontal position of his arms in the picture above. If events require, he can shift them instantly to the more common vertical position (glove alongside each jaw) and does so with bewildering speed. As Rocky Marciano has observed, "He's all gloves, arms and elbows." On the other hand, Marciano does not greatly respect a defense which depends on the arms alone. He has repeatedly delivered such punishing blows to opponents' arms that after a few rounds they have been so numb as to be all but unusable. Roland La Starza emerged from a Marciano bout with broken blood vessels in his arm. The drawing shows Marciano missing with his famous Susie Q right, a common occurrence, although when it lands, even in the looping overhands Marciano throws, it can be devastating. Moore does not believe the champion can penetrate his defense with this punch, or any other good right. Archie has considerable respect, however, for Marciano's left hook.
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September 19, 1955

The Good Boxer Vs. The Good Slugger

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Archie Moore is unmarked (except for an abdominal scar, the result of surgery for ulcers) after a score of years in the prize ring, during which he has fought the best of those who were willing to meet him. His features are a sign of his extraordinary ability to defend himself and of his particular care not, if he can help it, to get hit about the head. Moore started as a defensive fighter but learned early that boxing fans do not admire this breed. Before long he was developing his natural punching ability. One of the key points in Moore's defense is the curious horizontal position of his arms in the picture above. If events require, he can shift them instantly to the more common vertical position (glove alongside each jaw) and does so with bewildering speed. As Rocky Marciano has observed, "He's all gloves, arms and elbows." On the other hand, Marciano does not greatly respect a defense which depends on the arms alone. He has repeatedly delivered such punishing blows to opponents' arms that after a few rounds they have been so numb as to be all but unusable. Roland La Starza emerged from a Marciano bout with broken blood vessels in his arm. The drawing shows Marciano missing with his famous Susie Q right, a common occurrence, although when it lands, even in the looping overhands Marciano throws, it can be devastating. Moore does not believe the champion can penetrate his defense with this punch, or any other good right. Archie has considerable respect, however, for Marciano's left hook.

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