i have watched boxing for years and have seen fights all the way from 1905 to now, boxing obviously evolved tremendously in the 1930's and 1940's to become what we know it as today. while i have no doubts that modern boxers are getting better a boxing at range i sometimes wonder how a modern boxer would fare against some of the old school fighters like jack johnson or les darcy. the style was that different that i think a lot of modern fighters would have trouble with the clinch based attack that a lot of old boxers had. modern fighters get separated quickly and aren't allowed to hold and hit, which was a specialty of some fighters like jack johnson, i don't think they would have the skills in the clinch to deal with this style if fighting under the old rules. how would a modern fighter deal with someone throwing clinch uppercuts like a football player.