Originally Posted by Mendoza
There are also a lot of differences. Vitlai moves around better, throws more punches, is more accurate, harder to hit because he has a defense ( Willard had next to none ).
Willard could be out boxed, and was. Vitlai never was behind on any score card after three rounds in all of his fights. HUGE differences here.
I like Vitali, he is one of my favorites today but I see a lot of similarities in style. Vitali had a more extensive amateur career and has had a great run despite losing 4 prime years. I also do not think Willard was as bad as you say and may have been a stronger fighter today with modern training and know-how of the history's of heavyweight boxing. What did have behind him 15-20 years of glove fighting as a resource. The game was new.