Originally posted by eatmybishop no, sugar ray.... he was the greatest, no one could beat that man in his prime
LaMotta beat Robinson in 1943 when Sugar Ray was 22. Randy Turpin and Joey Maxim beat him in 1951-1952 before his first retirement.
Robinson's certainly one of the all time great fighters but there were plenty of others. I esp. like Gene Tunney who beat the best middleweights, light heavies and heavyweights of his era and who lost only one fight to the great Harry Greb who Tunney bested twice.
Surprised the thread has got this far without mentioning Ali. But would have to agree that Marciano as the greatest. Retiring in good condition with 48 wins under his belt. Of course world title bouts were 15 rounds in his day rather than the 12 they fight today.
Originally posted by Seitse What robbery?? He could not articulate a coherent word, his eyes
were lost in neverland, and the fact that there were few seconds left
does not relieve the referee from doing his job.
He got the same benefit that Sugar Ray Leonard had - losing the fight and then finally get off a good fluery and the ref stops the fight. Chavez was the moneymaker and Taylor wasn't. Happens often in boxing and you know that. Taylor would have safe ly made it to close the fight and would have won the decision.
Chavez was great. He just got some chips cashed in for him on that one.
I think Richard Steele made the right call there. Taylor was absolutely out on his feet and didn't respond. I don't how much time is or is not left, it's the referees job to protect the fighter. Taylor incurred massive punishment in that fight and was never the same, even though if he could have responded he would have won the decision widely.