Or did the idea / fear of getting hurt without gloves cause him to lock up that much ?
He truly looked really fearful of losing or getting hurt. Based on the corner comments and the nerves it seemed to be the idea of getting hurt that caused him to lock up.
He did not perform like a journeyman boxer let alone a world class boxer.
Was he ever a world class boxer ? Or did the desire for an Italian to cheer for motivate boxing promoters to fix his key fights?
Get all the Al Colognes to spend their money on boxing .