Virgil Hill: an appreciation
Perhaps I should've posted this thread here. As I already said, I'm a big fan of Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill and I think he doesn't get mentioned enough. There are scarcely any of his fights on youtube, dailymotion or any other sites. He was a great champion and a great technician and fought till he was 43, almost 44. So when some B-Hop fans are saying how there is nobody who has fought at such an age except him, I bring up Virgil's name.
I do believe a prime Virgil Hill beats a prime Bernard Hopkins. In a close fight that is. Altho Virgil may not be the best LHW or CW ever, he sure is one of the all time top 10 in both classes. His circle technique and his jab were one of the key elements of his game. He also deserves praise for being perhaps the only American champion to be willing to fight anywhere and most specifically GERMANY-the much-dreaded place for many of the most famous American fighters, including Roy Jones. He has even had success, beating the great German technician Henry Maske in '96 and taking his IBF title right in front of thousands of Germans!
He also beat the tough Frenchman Fabrice Tiozzo twice and is the only one to beat him professionally as well! First time by decision and second time by first round ko. Both times in France. He is a five time world champion and has also won a silver medal as middleweight in the '84 olympics. Yet, somehow Virgil Hill is seldom mentioned and never featured on tv as a guest before or after big matches.
Last edited by Benncollinsaad; 08-07-2009 at 12:53 PM.