When ESPNCL recently broadcast their top 25 boxers of all time (complete with the usual 20 minutes per hour of commercials and redundant countdowns) I could not help but notice their was no mention of Mickey Walker. Walker has been all but forgotten by the contemporary sports media. He was a multidivisional champion in the 1920s, beginning as a welterweight in 1922, and fighting all the way up to the heavyweights by the time he retired in 1935. He was one of the toughest and most skilled fighters of all time. The "Toy Bulldog" was only 5'7", but is opponents included greats Jack Sharkey, Max Schmeling, Harry Greb, Tiger Flowers, Maxie Rosenbloom, Paolino Uzcudun and many others.
This brilliant newsreel footage of Walker was shot before his middleweight title defense against Ace Hudkins on October 30, 1929. We see Mickey, dressed smartly in long sleeves and kakis, running for the cameras. Then, Walker is introduced by the legendary manager, Doc Kearns for an interview along with his sparring partners. I left most of this footage uncut, but I did some editing for the extended sparring section. Mickey is the smaller boxer without leg sweats. The action is slow at first, but keep watching. The sparring heats up, and the gap between "old timers" and modern fighting gets smaller and smaller.