Originally Posted by Andrew5550
Depends on how you look at it. Wlad clearly wasn't at the level he is now when he fought Sam Peter the first time, or with any of his three losses. Since becoming more or less the recognized champion of the HW division, I would agree Haye was the toughest fight. Ibragimov didn't push him, it was just an overall stinker - possibly the worst i've ever seen. He was pushed by Haye, and pushed back - But the scores didn't reflect how even it was. Especially for the first 6 rounds and the last 2. rounds 7-10 were Wlad's easy. IMO the others were so close.
It can't possibly be the toughest fight when he went down 3 times against Peter and has 3 other loses on his record. It is true Wladimir was less experienced and wiley at the time, but he was also younger and quicker. DeVaryll Williamson knocked Wladimir down in their short fight. Stanley Chistadoulou and Adelaide Bird are 2 of the most respected judges in the world and they had Wlad winning by 6 and 8 point respectively. Furthermore, this fight took place when Wladimir was older than Mayweather was when he fought Cotto.