View Full Version : How Good was Melderick Taylor?


kendom
05-27-2011, 12:11 PM
I Know that he was he was one of the fastest fighters ever in footspeed and handspeed, and he DESERVED to win that fight with Chavez, however how good was he compared to all-time greats or even some moderns like Mayweather.

Ziggy Stardust
05-27-2011, 12:26 PM
I Know that he was he was one of the fastest fighters ever in footspeed and handspeed, and he DESERVED to win that fight with Chavez, however how good was he compared to all-time greats or even some moderns like Mayweather.

He had exceptional talent but didn't have the longevity as a top fighter to be considered a great. Mostly it was from allowing himself to be drawn into unneeded wars. He did that in sparring too, not just in his fights. He loved to brawl it out and that takes it's toll on the body; he declined rapidly as a result.

Poet

Pastrano
05-27-2011, 12:37 PM
Seems his chin was good too, he took quite many murderous blows from Chavez and later also Norris before he succumbed.

Steak
05-27-2011, 12:58 PM
outstanding fighter at his best, just look at what he did against Chavez and even more so against Buddy McGirt. His workrate and combination punching speed combo is almost unparalleled through boxing history.

Unfortunately he was destined to have a short career. I think almost all he did was sparring and had a style that got hit often, and that punishment adds up quick.

kendom
05-27-2011, 01:03 PM
I know and thats what finished, I think hje could have been one of the greatest if he had a different menatality and was trained by someone like Ray Arcel

IronDanHamza
05-27-2011, 01:03 PM
Very good fighyer, exceptional talent.

Amazing hand speed.

Had he just had an ounce of power in his punch he might have beaten Chavez desicively.

joseph5620
05-27-2011, 01:05 PM
I Know that he was he was one of the fastest fighters ever in footspeed and handspeed, and he DESERVED to win that fight with Chavez, however how good was he compared to all-time greats or even some moderns like Mayweather.




One of the fastest fighters in history and a great combination puncher. But he did have his flaws. One was lack of KO power. He also was poor defensively and didn't fight smart at all. I think his speed overshadows the weakness that he had. To answer the other question, he was not on the same level as Mayweather as a fighter. I also don't consider Taylor an all time great if you're talking about top 50.

lightsout_finit
05-27-2011, 01:10 PM
Melderick was a very good fighter.
Exceptional speed.
He was a fantastic combination puncher and this made him so good to watch.

studentofthegam
05-27-2011, 01:11 PM
I find myself saying "I wish he woulda.........." a lot with Taylor. He ws just one of those fighters I wanted to win because his offense and speed were unreal. Saddens me to think about what he could have been and the way it closed.

IronDanHamza
05-27-2011, 01:16 PM
One of the fastest fighters in history and a great combination puncher. But he did have his flaws. One was lack of KO power. He also was poor defensively and didn't fight smart at all. I think his speed overshadows the weakness that he had. To answer the other question, he was not on the same level as Mayweather as a fighter. I also don't consider Taylor an all time great if you're talking about top 50.

Lacked power in general really.

Top 50?? Taylor is not remotely close. He's not an ATG, no way.

SCtrojansbaby
05-27-2011, 01:52 PM
One of the greatest offensive fighters ever

joseph5620
05-27-2011, 02:12 PM
Lacked power in general really.

Top 50?? Taylor is not remotely close. He's not an ATG, no way.

I agree. I just threw a number out there lol. Taylor probably wouldn't make my top 100 either if I took the time to make a list. Like you said, he was not an ATG or even close to it.

Steak
05-27-2011, 02:38 PM
I think he was ATG quality at his best, but his record simply doesnt cut it.

The way he dominated McGirt is underrated in my opinion. McGirt was no stranger to quick hands, and demolished Howard Davis Jr in one round and later on gave Whitaker one of the toughest fights of his career(not to mention McGirt's impressive wins over Warren, Brown, Olivia and Leon). And yet Taylor took him apart and stopped him, which wouldnt happen again till he was past prime and at 154lbs.

IronDanHamza
05-27-2011, 02:55 PM
I think he was ATG quality at his best, but his record simply doesnt cut it.

The way he dominated McGirt is underrated in my opinion. McGirt was no stranger to quick hands, and demolished Howard Davis Jr in one round and later on gave Whitaker one of the toughest fights of his career(not to mention McGirt's impressive wins over Warren, Brown, Olivia and Leon). And yet Taylor took him apart and stopped him, which wouldnt happen again till he was past prime and at 154lbs.

ATG quality most definitely but as you said his record isn't.

The Mcgirt win is a good win. Mcgirt was a good fighter.

His win over Simon Brown in particular was an excellent performance and Simon Brown was supposed to beat Buddy.

Wild Blue Yonda
05-27-2011, 10:10 PM
An exciting & very good fighter who has become mythologised beyond reality.

He was never bound for true greatness.