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Boxing's greatest racontour?

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Post by spencerclarke Wed 21 Oct 2015, 10:25 pm

Afternoon all,

I came across an old podcast by the lads last night with some great stories from Mickey Vann. This got me thinking who is the greatest raconteur in boxing?

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Post by Scottrf Wed 21 Oct 2015, 10:26 pm

Angelo Dundee wasn't bad.

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Post by hazharrison Thu 22 Oct 2015, 12:48 am

Bert Sugar immediately springs to mind - embellished stories but he was highly entertaining.


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Post by Guest Thu 22 Oct 2015, 12:56 am

Agreed, take what Sugar said with a pinch of salt and you'd probably enjoy the old school feel of his storytelling.

Of course, Sugar is a mere pup in comparison to Colin Hart who, if pushed, will tell you how he correctly predicted the outcome of the Rumble in the Jungle. I bet that's a fascinating tale, shame there's no-one alive who can say they'd heard Hart tell it in its entirety.

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Post by hazharrison Thu 22 Oct 2015, 12:58 am

Hart has that horrendous voice, also. He sounds like a cockney version of Wearside Jack.


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Post by Guest Thu 22 Oct 2015, 1:00 am

It's his hair that gets me...he looks like Hawk from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

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Post by ONETWOFOREVER Thu 22 Oct 2015, 1:46 am

The late Nat Fliecher

I think I might have spelled his surname wrong but he saw the greats from Dempsey to Ali check out his work some on youtube.

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Post by spencerclarke Fri 23 Oct 2015, 10:31 pm

I remember Buncey interviewing former heavyweight Joe Egan some of his stories were great even though his boxing career was only 4 fights.

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Post by Rowley Sat 24 Oct 2015, 7:33 pm

I went to one of those evening with affairs with Frank Bruno and Johnny Nelson. Bruno was pretty terrible but Nelson was genuinely brilliant. He'd have been a PPV star had he been that entertaining in the ring. Told a load of stories about when he was due to fight Tyson and about when he was a journeyman fighting all over Europe. Was everything you would want from a public speaker, self deprecating, funny and indiscreet.

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Post by spencerclarke Sun 25 Oct 2015, 5:36 am

Excellent jeff. Just the sort of thing I was looking for. Cheers for the other contributions gents.

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Post by milkyboy Sun 25 Oct 2015, 7:56 am

Tex Cobb was maybe more a one line quote factory than a raconteur but I believe he could spin a good yarn. Remember reading some story from his film days where he ripped into some film hard men like van damme and seagal.

Reg guttridge had a few tales to tell. Losing your leg on a land mine in ww2 is a story in itself, but regularly stabbing your wooden leg with a fork to show fighters what a real tough guy looks like is probably my favourite of his tales.

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Post by wheelchair1991 Sun 25 Oct 2015, 6:48 pm

Rowley wrote:I went to one of those evening with affairs with Frank Bruno and Johnny Nelson. Bruno was pretty terrible but Nelson was genuinely brilliant. He'd have been a PPV star had he been that entertaining in the ring. Told a load of stories about when he was due to fight Tyson and about when he was a journeyman fighting all over Europe. Was everything you would want from a public speaker, self deprecating, funny and indiscreet.

Ive seen Nelson myself really funny guy its just a shame it does not translate to his tv presenting

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