Originally Posted by Dee
Can somebody please explain to me what the big deal is with this guy?
This isn't a criticism, but a genuine question, as there's always a new 'up-and-coming' challenger.. but generally fails to deliver.. especially over the past 5 years or so.
So is this guy really the real deal? and if he isn't.. who is?
He's not that great, but he's powerful, aggressive and big. He fights like a cross between Kelly Pavlik and Carl Froch, IMO, which would be fine if he was quicker, but he's really slow, awkward and robotic. Dude's there to be tagged by anyone who has handspeed though, and his footwork is dreadful. That said, he's good at mixing up his punches and works the body a lot for a guy who's 6'6".
So is he great? No. Is he probably better than 99% of the current heavyweight division? Sure. Long term, is he the best prospect out there? I doubt it. Not that any of these guys lack flaws, but I like Pulev, Fury and a few others better over the long haul. But there's little reason he can't be as good as most of the guys who were heavyweight titlists in the mid-2000's.