Thatís a hard one, but Iím going to go for Joe Calzaghe. He fought during a golden age of super middleweight fighters, albeit at the tail end. He had everything a fighter needs to be a true champion.
I also really admired Chris Eubank, he was as tough as they come, and had skill to match.
Brash, hard to like, not a nice person but what a fighter. From blitzing his way through the lower weight categories to adapting his style and becoming one of the all time great tacticians he was phenomenal. His ability to adapt mid fight was unrivalled, his speed was frightening, he understood the science part of the sport and he was tough as they come when he had to be.
The whole transition from 'Pretty Boy Floyd' to 'Money Mayweather' probably cost him crossover appeal but it made him into the biggest star in the sport who people paid to see lose and he gladly took the money and laughed.
PM Awards General Poster of The Year 2015, 2016, 2017. Probably robbed in other years
Really really good question, I'd probably say Nigel Benn, it was in the prime of ITV boxing and his fights V Eubank that really first got me in to boxing in the first place, hard as nails and an amazing engine, I can still remember being gutted when their second fight ended as a draw, if memory serves me right he actually got a point deducted for a low blow in that fight as well
Always really liked Calzaghe as well, one of my all time favourite fights was him against Lacy, he had all the hype and all the talk was about how he would take Calzaghe out, what happened instead was one of the most punch perfect fights I've ever seen, a total masterclass, just a shame he had problems with his hands which I feel stopped him using any real power
Too many. Roberto Duran, Salvador Sanchez, Jose Napoles, Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Mike Mcallum. All the above were technically brilliant boxers and great to watch. Love James Toney as well. He had cement feet but made up for it by being slick as fck in the pocket and he was packing one serious cast iron jaw.
Never a huge fan of Mayweather but I admire his brilliance. One of the greatest defensive boxers of all time. Up there with Pernell Whitaker, Willie Pep, Nicolino Locche, Wilfred Benitez and Miguel Canto.
Another vote for Nigel Benn. Had the pleasure of going to quite a few of his fights back in the day, including Eubank 2. Always an amazing atmosphere and such gutsy fighter. Never a dull fight. Reading some of the books on him (and by him) he knew how to party too. Maybe if he's lived the clean life he does now during his career, he'd have been a real World great.
Also loved Lennox Lewis. I was at Cardiff Arms Park when he fought Bruno. If that fight happened this weekend, it would be a full house rather than the 25000 or so that went. Lennox, pure class inside and outside of the ring.
He was, but obviously his brain injury stopped him too early in his career.
Yeah, shame what happened to him. He arguably won the first Eubank fight and was winning the second up until the shot that ended his career. Knocked out Benn and had a great technical battle with the brilliant Mike McCallum who masterfully broke him down stopping him in the 11th.
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Being Welsh you would probably expect me to say Calzaghe but I'm not going to.
Not Joe's fault but Frank Warren prevented Joe from unifying the division earlier by not setting up bigger fights sooner. Joe should have been fighting in the US much sooner and taken on B Hop and RJJ earlier than he did.
Got to respect the defeat of guys like Eubank, Kessler though and also he destroyed Jeff Lacy and essentially did eventually unify the division. Just feel there were better fights out there than just the defence of the WBO belt that Warren loves so much and he defended for so long always at home.
For me it was Lennox. He was just incredible. Loved watching him and heavyweight boxing was amazing at that time.
Big big mention to Hatton as well. Stepped up and fought the best of the best in Mayweather and Pac man. Kosta Tszu as well.
Ricky Hatton,Joe Calzaghe and Lennox Lewis were favourites of mine also Manny Pacquaio was tremendous to watch in his prime,hes went on too long now right enough.De la hoya was great as well. Love Josh Taylor right now seems a good bloke also.
The 80ís were all about the Fab Four
Duran, Hearns, Hagler & Leonard.
The latter being the one I loved watching most, world titles in 5 weight divisions. A real natural fighter in every aspect.
Check this cocky amateur !! 😳