25 guys I was with thought Young beat Norton. It wasnt the Ali fight. I think Young beat Ali. He didnt cream him, but Ali wasnt there for the fight and Young didnt let him do nothing at all. Granted it wasnt the best Ali. But YOung had a short prime and he knew how to box. Period. He stops guys from doing what they wanted. Norton, Lyle, Ali, Foreman, and others all would say Jimmy was a excellent boxer Im sure of that.
Young had personal problems (no breaks at all) and lost his prime, but he could box. Ali in his prime would have had a very bad night with JImmy Young. Good boxer, good chin, cagy, a thinking fighter. Tuff night for Ali who wouldnt have any sucker in there.
Its just that there are so few boxing masters in there today that many dont know what they are seeing. Asking a Benton or a Giardello what he thought of Young would mean alot to me.
Larry Holmes and JImmy YOung. I Like Young. I thought he beat Norton and I thought Norton beat Holmes so its not like JImmy is out of any fight with Larry Holmes both being at their best.
Soft minded? Easily led? Bad choices? That was Jimmy Young. But he was a very fine boxer.