The Sardinian-Argentinian was a defensive master. In my book, Locche is the greatest pure defensive fighter that ever laced up gloves. He feints, slips, rolls, blocks, counter-punches, and picks you off. Locche often made his opponents look silly, frustrating them as they found it incredibly difficult to land cleanly on him.
To understand Locche’s greatness, one must realize that Locche was a defensive savant with no punching power.
Locche exemplified the true art and craft of boxing. He could find subtle angles to pile up points despite not being naturally gifted with unusual hand and foot speed. More interestingly, by the end of Locche’s 18-year career, he had compiled over 1,300 rounds of ring activity, but was a known chain smoker. Locche was an anomalous fighter like Willie Pep who made it look easy against the best. Like Pep, Locche was able to compete at the elite level over multiple decades because he mastered the fundamentals of the game and possessed abnormal ring intelligence. In my opinion, Pep and Locche are the two top defensive fighters in boxing history.