All this talk of 'bums' and 'C class' fighters is total ****e, and people need to get a reality check.
Bums are guys who fight just to make up the numbers - the sort that prospects fight in their first dozen or so fights. D and C class are fighters who will never win anything above Amateur/national title level. B class I would put European level fighters at.
Almost all fighters that fight for World titles are A class or Elite level - but then out of those you have the future (and potential future) HOF's, Greats and the ATG's.
By fighting at the very top of the sport you are, by definition Elite level. People on here might point to a fighters resume and say he knocked over 30 tomato cans before winning a World Title - well maybe, but the fact is those 'Tomato cans' make up the vast majority of boxers in the sport (the TRUE B and C class fighters) and it's generally only top level fighters that can knock them all over and then go on to win titles.
Hatton has been Ring magazine fighter of the year, World Champion at 2 weights, Lineal champion at 140 for 4 years - how anyone can call him a bum because he lost to two P4P #1's and probable future ATG's is beyond me.
Last edited by NorvernRob; 08-05-2009 at 09:40 AM.