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Old 07-12-2007, 11:07 AM   #11
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Default Re: Assume EVERY heavyweight retired close to their peak...

The actual premise to the thread is too confusing when you really examine what it entails ....

It's okay saying Frazier retires after beating Ali in 1971 but if we say Ali's peak was 1967 then he wouldn't be around in '71 to lose to Frazier ..... likewise, Liston would have retired before losing to Ali so we cannot credit Ali with that win. Rocky Marciano wouldn't have wins over Joe Louis OR Ezzard Charles, for starters.
I suppose Tyson retires after beating Spinks, but then Spinks would have retired as a light-heavy in 1985 and we cannot count his wins over Larry Holmes, who would have retired back in 1982 !
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