I’m in the middle of reading a book called “Tough Guy,” the story of legendary pugilist and fine hockey player Bob Probert, who passed away on July 5th, 2010. This was no saint, at least in the early years. But a good guy nonetheless.
Probert had quite a life, embraced drugs and alcohol for years, was in and out of rehab many times, and was a great husband and father. He was also loved by his teammates, whom he would come to the rescue on a regular basis. I don’t know exactly if he was the best fighter ever in the NHL, but there’s a very real possibility.
He talked a lot about his heavyweight battles with Tie Domi, a guy six inches shorter, and so I found a Youtube video of nine fights, many of which are classics, between these two NHL fighters.
The first two fights are the ones I’ve read about so far in this book. Probert initally didn’t take Domi seriously because of the size difference, but Domi’s style was effective against the mighty Probert.
Here’s the video. And if you hate fighting, have a look anyway. These are two honourable titans doing their job, in what were some heavy duty clashes.