Originally Posted by Thread Stealer
Spinks came out on top in one of the best LHW eras ever. Moorer's opposition was limited, and his title came in the inaguaral WBO belt against a guy who'd lost his last 2 fights.
I'm not too sold on Moorer's chances against the greats of the division, although I guess it's a given that he's a live underdog due to his power (and size).
** A very live underdog very much underappreciated as a fighter. His LH comp may have lacked the legacy glitter that everyone wants to goo-goo over, but the manner in which he takes care of business against solid opposition is spectacular.
Remember, he's not turning pro with a big TV contract as a storied set of Olympic Gold Medal brothers, he's just a big dangerous lefty fighting who they put in front of him.
People forget that he was the first southpaw heavy champ and how hard it was for lefties to get opportunities. Just ask Marvin how long his road was. His LH creditials may pale to MSpinks, but his heavy credentials surpass Spinks who's also underappreciated because he was always overshadowed by the comedic flash of his brother. Unlike Spinks, Moorer's majority careeer is in the heavy ranks and not many know he's the 3x champ having won the WBO by dispatching Cooper earlier than Holyroid did the year before he ever beat Holy. Moreover, he actually beat a prime Holy into retirement for a year. Lest anyone disparage this title, it's every bit as valid as the King/WBA title that allows Holy his 4th title.
Moorer won his third title over a prime Shultz in Germany, and we now know how hard it is to win decisions over popular German based fighters in Germany. Many considered Shultz the true lineal champ due to the perception he was robbed against Foreman. That would make Moorer the first ever heavy to win a title in Germany me thinks.
Moorer defended against two undefeated fighters, Botha and Bean, not the biggest names but noted era contenders who moved on to bigger fights. Yet again, he's doing this in the shadow of Bowe/Holy trilogy, Tyson, and Lewis, not getting a lot of credit. Had he chose to use his boxing skills instead of standing ring center with Big George and trade, boxing history would paint a completely different story.
He'll be a fringe contender to the HOF in years to come. Don't know if he'll make it, but he's got a better record than many in there. It's more a public relations problem with him as his prickly personality and dark side don't endear him to the boxing fans and establishment. On his day, however, he's game against most any LH through heavy you can dredge up. Lefties are dominating the title ranks out of proportion to their numbers now because of opportunity that he helped to create.