Who fought better when they lost the title? Braddock or Walcott?

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Who fought better when they lost the title? Braddock or Walcott?

Phantom Punch
Hmm. In their respective title fights when they were knocked out by Marciano and Louis, Walcott and Braddock were doing pretty good and fought like champions. Which man fought Better during his last battle as heavyweight champion?
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Jersey Joe Walcott.

Hands down.

Jersey Joe Walcott gives Rocky one of the hardest fight ever.

Rocky said that he will never forget that punch Jersey Joe Walcott dropped him. It hurts Rocky that he has to take some time to recover. That punch also knockout a very tough Ezzard Charles.

Jersey Joe Walcott is leading the scorecard until Rocky gives him an "Emergency Knockout".

If it reaches to the Final Bell, Rocky may have lose the decision to Jersey Joe Walcott. It is a very close call as Rocky only has 3 remaining rounds to do it.

Braddock did give Joe Louis a flash knockdown. That is about it. He is tough that I have to admit. Otherwise he will not beat Max Baer or counter knockdown Joe Louis.

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Redfeng, you nailed it right on the head. Louis said in his book that he got overconfident in that first round and left himself open for that uppercut. Jack Blackburn told him that Braddock was “game and he knows a lot.”  So he had Louis slowly break him down with the jabs and body attacks, and Braddock was ready to go in the 8th round.

Interestingly, Braddock said that Louis’ jab was like someone smashing a light bulb in your face over and over.

Walcott was probably one cocky son of a gun. He had dropped Louis 4 or 5 times in 2 fights, and he destroyed Ezzard Charles with one smash of a punch to win the title. Even Marciano couldn’t stop Ezzard with one punch. Walcott was overconfident against Rocky and he paid for it.
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MAGUIRE
Jersey Joe. He was a better and more exciting fighter than Braddock anyway
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Urban Legend
It was Joe who performed better, but here's the thing.

Jimmy Braddock was a boring text book fighter. He had a great right cross but other than that he was very average, though he could be smart, as evidenced by him outsmarting Max Baer to beat him, and he was capable enough to floor a prime Joe Louis. These ring wits were the result of Braddock being an older fighter by the time he had his major fights. He wasn't a great fighter but he used his ring experience to his advantage.

Jersey Joe Walcott ran a lot. Now he dropped Joe Louis several times but he never beat Joe up. He just ran, scored, and ran again. He was sucker punching Louis.

But against Rocky Marciano, Walcott was beating. Rocky. up. He basically picked his spots to slug with him, run from him, etc. He was in almost complete control. It was the best fight of his career if we're talking performance.

Jersey Joe absolutely fought better than Braddock did in his final title fight.
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It's Dale
Joe fought a near-perfect fight against Rocky. Braddock was no slouch and fought hard to keep the crown, and he made Joe respect him early by dropping him on his ass. From there on Joe took his time in working him over.  By that Braddock was too game and experienced to get knocked out in the first round, even by a prime Joe Louis.

But Walcott fought the better fight if we're comparing the two.