Originally Posted by salsanchezfan
I think the term "overrated" is misused when describing a fighter who had won a title and defended it three times via knockout by the time he had 11 fights. It doesn't fit.
"Rushed." "Mismanaged.".............now those work. Hard to downgrade such a neophyte when he's already got a ledger like that.
That's not to say that such a person is unbeatable, but I don't recall anyone ever saying he was. He was an underdog as often as not during that time. I think what he did prior to meeting Duran speaks to a huge level of talent.
He did a lot better than Leon Spinks did. Leon had good Amateur credentials when he won the title in his 8th pro fight. he just sputtered into bolivian after that.