Philo: “Please don’t start there. If we are going to do this, let’s take our first steps on firmer ground.”
Cleanthes: “What do you mean?”
Philo: “The hand speed argument. Hand speed is overvalued for being so immediately discernible. Gary Russell Jr. has fast hands (especially on the mitts), but all those punches opponents can’t see coming haven’t really been worth seeing.”
Cleanthes: “Nothing worth seeing? No one was saying that when Russell turned pro, and if anything, the turn against him is rooted primarily in a general impatience about the pace and trajectory of his career. If we accept your line of reasoning, that Russell is little more than fast hands—”
Read A Dialogue: On Jhonny Gonzalez-Gary Russell Jr. on The Cruelest Sport.