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Old 01-12-2010, 11:33 PM #1
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Any fighter(s) who you feel were either overshadowed or prosperous because of the depth (or lack thereof) of their division/talent pool during their era?
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Any fighter(s) who you feel were either overshadowed or prosperous because of the depth (or lack thereof) of their division/talent pool during their era?
Jerry Quarry
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the obvious would be joe frazier and jerry quarry as said above. I however feel if mike tyson had been born sooner and cus wasn't as old, his career would have been much less rocky.

I also believe that even though he was successful and an atg, rocky marciano was an old school fighter in a more advanced time as far as size and skills.
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Any fighter(s) who you feel were either overshadowed or prosperous because of the depth (or lack thereof) of their division/talent pool during their era?
Jack Dempsey and Tommy Burns
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Jose Medel and Albert Davila are two who would have been much more prestigious had they not fought in such deep eras.

I also think that Emile Griffith would of been a lot bigger had he not been champ in the era of Ali.
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Burns would have been better off if he'd stayed at Middleweight: He was living on borrowed time as a Heavy.

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Burns would have been better off if he'd stayed at Middleweight: He was living on borrowed time as a Heavy.

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Agreed, but he kind of answers the question on the (lack of) side..

Gilberto Roman is also worth a mention.. Terrific Mexican WBC super-fly who was largely overshadowed in the division by Khaosai Galaxy (WBA)
Brian Mitchell, the brilliant South African WBA feather champ was also often overlooked in favour of then WBC champ, Azumah Nelson..
I doubt Roman & Mitchell earned a fraction of the purses enjoyed by their counterparts, and it does beg the question as to why unification matches did'nt take place.. I would imagine it was something to do with Aparthied in Mitchell's case..
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First name to come to mind when I saw the thread.

Here's an interesting question. We all know Quarry owns a draw and a win over Floyd Patterson. Quarry was still young and had better fights to come. Floyd was past his days as champ but would still have several more impressive outings.

How would a more seasoned Quarry have done against a more prime Patterson? And How would Quarry have fared against Liston? Would he still be in the wrong era?
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Jack Johnson. I believe he was a skilled boxer in a time when the heavyweight division was made up of tough guys. Sailors and cowboys!(I know I'm going to hear it for that). A bunch of big guys that can lick any SOB in the house. Along came Johnson, jabbing, moving and counterpunching! A true boxer among strong men. Even later watching fighters like Willard and Dempsey walk in with their hands at their waist, throwing punches without setting them up. It was a time when the toughest, hardest puncher prevailed.

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