Originally Posted by Ray Corso
Early KOs aren't the best endorsement of power, more like weak nerves and "opponents" being over matched. Any promoter and matchmaker in the world finds the weakest "boxers" they can find to fight their prospect then move up to the professional losers then the guys who could box "a little" but can't break an egg!! So thoughs first 12 to 20 bouts are throw a ways. In Tysons case he had better opponents in the "open" amatuer class boxing Henry Tillman as apposed to the Peter Neeleys of the world!
As for Rocky fighting Floyd or Sonny as I stated eralier he was over 12 years older than them. Floyd was just beginning his career as a "middleweight" when Rocky was whippin all the bums he fought just like Louis did years earlier!! What you people don't under stand is the "business" of boxing! Their are people you choose to deal with and others you don't this effects match ups at times but how you conduct your business is "who you are"! You may also have commitments that need to be taken care of that were acumulated on your way up and its time to repay the asociates. The Boxing Business is much tuffer than the fights and much of it is not common knowledge.
Just look at todays landscape you have 100 million dollars on one bout and the two camps can't get together? Marciano would enter the ring nekkid with a knife and fight a lion for 100million! Tell him the winner gets a free meal? He'll Win!!! Ray
The only named fighter Rocky knocked out in the 1st round was Jersey Joe Walcott and Walcott was 39 at the time. Tyson knocked out Marvis Frazier
, Michael Spinks
, Carl Williams
, Henry Tillman
, Alex Stewart
, Bruce Seldon
, Lou Savarese
and Clifford Etienne all in the 1st round.
(Note I was with Michael Spinks tonight at the COMBATT dinner in Newark, N.J.)
As far as Patterson goes, he was 1st rated in the top 10 in the World in August 1953, and that was in the Light Heavyweight Division, he was never rated as a Middleweight. When Rocky retired in 1956, Patterson was the #1 Light Heavyweight contender in the World.