Practical Precision: The Technical Brilliance Of Jose Napoles & Joe Louis


Lee Wylie

Technically sound footwork in boxing is about transferring simply sufficient to perform a goal, whereas holding your opponent guessing. And within the case of boxers who occur to be gifted with lethal punching energy, one other key aim is to rigorously nook your adversary whereas all the time being in place to strike. Two of the very best at this balletic artwork have been dominant welterweight champion Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles, and legendary heavyweight knockout artist Joe Louis.

Precision and Power: Joe Louis

Joe Louis stalks Max Baer in Yankee Stadium in 1935. 

And in one other of his wonderful movies, Lee Wylie reveals you ways each “Mantequilla” and “The Brown Bomber” used skillfully deliberate and exact motion to carry their deadly offensive weapons into play. Efficient energy begins with positioning, and it was economical and strategic footwork which enabled each Louis and Napoles to be exceptionally harmful punchers and dominant champions, to not point out all-time greats. Test it out:

‘A most telling anecdote of the measure of simply how “good” Napoles was comes from his 1973 title protection towards Ernie Lopez. This was their second assembly and whereas Lopez had been ok to final into spherical fifteen the primary time round, within the rematch “Mantequilla” was as easy and as lethal as he’d ever been. By spherical seven he was on the lookout for the knockout and he discovered it after touchdown a pair of highly effective hooks after which an uppercut that put the powerful Lopez down and out. He lay on the canvas for a number of minutes and Lopez’s supervisor, Howie Steindler, whose time in boxing went again to the 1920’s, declared that he had “by no means [seen] energy like that.”

Precision and Power: Napoles

Napoles battles Emile Griffith in 1969. 

‘Following his demise, the accolades and tributes have come thick and quick for a Corridor of Fame champion who’s universally thought to be one of many best welterweights of all-time. Our personal Lee Wylie declared that Napoles “is arguably the best counter-combination puncher in boxing historical past. In his prime, he was nearly nearly as good because it will get. I’m speaking Ray Robinson good.”’        From “Remembering Mantequilla” by Neil Crane 


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