Originally Posted by TysonBomb
Anyone else think so? His style didn't make him the most appealing boxer to networks like HBO but he was a natural middleweight going up against some of the hardest hitting, most lethal heavyweights in the world.
Nobody wanted to fight him ... he would make guys look completely silly ... it was hard for anyone to each lay a glove on him. His resume is pretty solid as well and his victory against Vitali was huge. There's a reason why he never fought Byrd again in a rematch and let Wlad take care of him. He also fought a great fight against David Tua.
He was definitely among the top 5 heavyweights of the last decade
Great post. His style is extremely underrated, BUT his weakness was always going to be against Wlad/Lewis type boxer. When you put him against come forward one dem sluggers(tua) or awkward super heavys like Vitali he will always shine.
Byrd really did figure out Vitali around the 6th round +, the myth that Vitali dominated the fight is a joke. Byrd would have won the fight and gotten robbed. It is just a styles nightmare for Vitali.
Ironically Sanders was a styles nightmare for Wlad.... and Vitali ended up fighting Sanders.... just like Wlad fought Byrd lol.
That being said, a Prime Version of Tyson would walk through him and kill Byrd. So we have to put things in perspective. I think of the k2 ERA.
World Class: Byrd
Semi World Class:Povetkin
Semi World Class:Adamek
avid Haye (h2h)
These are the six best heavys of the K2 Era. Outside of k2, even a mid 90's version of Tyson would have dominated this crop.
TBH . David Haye is actually the third best heavy of this era.. With a real shot at #2. But he just wasted the first half of his career, hopefully his 2nd half will live up to potential.