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Old 01-05-2013, 08:41 PM
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Default How highly do you rate Ezzard Charles?

In an all-time sense? The GOAT at light-heavyweight by my reckoning (a historically stacked division, also) and one of the ATG heavyweights also. I don't even need to reference his astounding resume, which is quite clearly one of the best in the history of boxing.

The victory over Joe Louis, albeit a past his prime Louis, goes a long way. We're talking a 184lber clearly beating perhaps the greatest heavyweight of all time. Excellent fighter, and a clear top 15 all-time great. But where do you rate him?
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:49 PM
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#1 at 175 and top 10 p4p
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:30 PM
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#1 at 175 and top 10 p4p
I agree with this for the most part. You ever watch/score his fight against Harold Johnson? Had it for Johnson by a point myself despite the late KD that Charles scored.
Harold's jab was on point that night, very skilled fighter also.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:32 PM
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:08 PM
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Top 10 p4p at the worst. Probably top 5 and you could make an argument for the GOAT.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:13 PM
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Top 10 p4p at the worst. Probably top 5 and you could make an argument for the GOAT.
Yeah, I was actually thinking about making a case for GOATness. Not many people have beaten Charley Burley and Archie Moore, not to mention his stint at HW where he picked up some quality wins.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:07 AM
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The victory over Joe Louis, albeit a past his prime Louis, goes a long way.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:11 AM
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I agree with this for the most part. You ever watch/score his fight against Harold Johnson? Had it for Johnson by a point myself despite the late KD that Charles scored.
Harold's jab was on point that night, very skilled fighter also.
I watched without scoring it, but I think that I thought Johnson was winning with his better timing. Charles was clearly past it imo, but still showing grit and mad skill. Sometimes I actually really like to watch good performances by slightly past it fighters.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:14 AM
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The victory over Joe Louis, albeit a past his prime Louis, goes a long way.
Indeed it is.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:29 AM
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Most probably the greatest Light Heavyweight ever, and a very good heavyweight. Probably in my list of top 10 HW.
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