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    As Mondays go, this one was pretty big. Not only was it the 35th incarnation of a holiday honoring a leader taken far too soon from his calling, but it also marked another anniversary of the birth of a man to whom fans my age and older give credit for planting the seeds for a lifelong love of the sport.
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  • #2
    Good list. Bowe is far too high though.

    Bowe above Lewis makes little sense at all.

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    • #3
      Too deep a topic to get into a long thread about....that being said, I think Tim Witherspoon belongs here.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RJJ-94-02=GOAT View Post
        Good list. Bowe is far too high though.

        Bowe above Lewis makes little sense at all.
        Bowe is too high...way too high. I think he would have beaten LL back in 92-93, but Lennox peaked later in retrospect. LL had a better career.

        I would rank Buster over AJ (career not over, so who knows where he will eventually be), just based on the historical significance of the Tyson win, he also beat several pretty solid guys like Greg Page.

        Also, Oliver McCall should be here too.

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        • #5
          Tyson fury too high (relative to competition he has faced) and how the hell is wilder ahead of the likes of Leon Spinks, Moorer etc??

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          • #6
            Originally posted by maenyfresh View Post
            Tyson fury too high (relative to competition he has faced) and how the hell is wilder ahead of the likes of Leon Spinks, Moorer etc??
            Deontay is too high, he should also be behind Neon Leon, Moorer, the missing Witherspoon and McCall.

            His opposition has just been terrible. Look at Boxrec and it really jumps out at you....I know he has a belt and defenses, but his competition isnt any better than what Frank Bruno was fighting and no one is clamoring for Frank to be on here.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BritJimbo View Post
              Bowe is too high...way too high. I think he would have beaten LL back in 92-93, but Lennox peaked later in retrospect. LL had a better career.

              I would rank Buster over AJ (career not over, so who knows where he will eventually be), just based on the historical significance of the Tyson win, he also beat several pretty solid guys like Greg Page.

              Also, Oliver McCall should be here too.
              I actually agree Bowe would have won in the early 90ís too. Lewis massively improved from his losses.

              As you said though, in terms of career, Lewis is way ahead of Bowe.

              Only thing was Buster is itís literally only one win. He made 0 defences, never even fought for the HW title again.

              Ken Norton is the lists biggest omission IMO.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BritJimbo View Post
                Deontay is too high, he should also be behind Neon Leon, Moorer, the missing Witherspoon and McCall.

                His opposition has just been terrible. Look at Boxrec and it really jumps out at you....I know he has a belt and defenses, but his competition isnt any better than what Frank Bruno was fighting and no one is clamoring for Frank to be on here.
                Never look at Boxrec...

                He made 10 defences. Thatís a historical accolade. Wilder is in around the right position.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BritJimbo View Post
                  Too deep a topic to get into a long thread about....that being said, I think Tim Witherspoon belongs here.
                  Thatís a good shout.

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                  • #10
                    Tyson fury is far too high on here given who he has fought so far in his career. He won one and drew one against wilder, and he beat Klitschko on points. Outside of that he has had a few scares (including fights people thought he lost) and has only took on really poor opposition. He could build himself upto that position within 2 to 3 fights - but not yet

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