Originally Posted by The Mongoose
-You can't possibly lump the Ruddock of the Lewis and Morrison fights together. He had been inactive for health/legal issues and was in obvious rough physical shape in the Morrison fight(didin't even look like the same man), and while you scoff at his blowout of Jackson, his last fight in this case was a stinker against Wade. The performance was so bad, Ruddock got booed out of the damn building. Now that was a showing from a declined fighter. Just like Morrison likes them.
-Ruddock isn't tagging anybody once he dips his head into right hands. He was acting too tough against Lewis for my liking, even the tinest bit of respect for Lewis' power would have served him good. McCall was durable enough to walk Lewis down, he also had Steward in his corner training him to throw straight right hands..not loopy uppercuts from the outside.
-McCall was better equiped to take Lewis out than Ruddock.
-Even though they were hardly Tyson's best outings, Lewis was better equiped to take out Ruddock early than Tyson.
-And Ruddock could have probably matched up better against Mccall.
Just the way it is, shot, overrated, underrated, got nothing to do with it.
You sure can compare them because Morrison was the next step down from Lewis and Ruddock couldnt get past him so he was clearly declining further.
Mcall was not better equipped to beat Lewis, thats just
. Same goes for Lewis being better equipped to take out Ruddock. Thats a worse theory than what Im proposing as my timeline at least shows clear decline in both wins/losses and opponents. Mcall and Lewis didnt show a special ability of taking out tall guys. Both Ruddock and Lewis were caught by big shots, at least Lewis had his eyes open when he nailed Ruddock. Ruddock was hit just as hard by Tyson, but he had better legs underneath him when he faced Tyson. Ruddock showed the same kind of problems against Morrison, he got up but his legs were gone. Ruddock was still a rated fighter, but his ability to stay in the mix started to decline quickly after the Tyson fights.