EXPERT OPINIONS ON MACE
Mace classic pose (1896)
"Mace was the very ideal of what a fighter should be. No other man has ever combined such excellences. A wonderful specimen of the ambidextrous boxer who could 'change legs' and use either hand with equal rapidity, a most tremendous hitter and a judge of time and distance whose superior it would be impossible to find".
Henry Sampson, foremost journalist of the transition from the prize ring to Queensberry Rules. 1878


"He was a scientific boxer endowed with a marvellous knowledge of ring craft. He may indeed be compared with any of the great champions who were his predecessors and he has never been surpassed".
Fred Henning, historian of the prize ring .1899


"Jem Mace was the first man who showed American fighters the advantages of feinting and footwork. You can readily see what a fighter today would amount to without these essentials!"
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien, future Light- heavyweight Champion of the World .1902


"I lay it down as an undeniable maxim that there is only one style in boxing. That style found its most perfect expression in Jem Mace".
A.F. Bettinson, co-founder of the National Sporting Club. 1905


"I do not consider Tom Sayers to have possessed anything like the science of Mace and no one will presume to place him on the same pedestal as Mace as an artist"
Frank Bradley, editor of British sports paper ' Mirror of Life' .1910


"Jem Mace was the first pugilist to study out the scientific side of boxing. It is to him that we owe the changes which have elevated the sport"
Jim Corbett, first World Heavyweight Champion under Queensberry Rules. 1910


Mace San Francisco (1877)
"Nothing will shake my conviction that Mace was the cleverest man of any weight that ever fought in a ring, either with gloves or bare knuckles. He was the greatest exponent of the gospel of the straight left and a supreme artist and master of his craft"
Bernard John Angle, world famous boxing referee.1925


"Great as Mace was when fighting under London Rules, it was as a glove artist that he appeared at his best. He discouraged bare fist fighting and brought public attention to the use of the mitts. He did more to foster the pure science of boxing than any other man of his era and was one of the greatest ring men with the gloves that boxing has produced".
Nat Fleischer, founder of The Ring magazine. 1957


"Great and glorious a fighter as he was in his prime, he was even greater as a scientific boxer. He had a tremendously hard punch but it was chiefly his marvellous boxing ability which carried him to the top of the fistic tree and enabled him to present an unbattered face to the world in his old age".
Peter McInnes, boxing writer. 1998