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Old 08-03-2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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Default Re: Michael Spinks or Billy Conn, who ranks higher pound-for-pound?

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Originally Posted by McGrain View Post
Yeah, I think so too. I also don't think that his wider resume is to be sniffed at and although I agree Conn beat more great fighters and at more weights, I just think that the achievement or wrestling the HW title of the world as a former LHW champion can't be underestimated. Only a couple of guys have done it and i'd suggest that Spinks's task - to outbox arguably the best boxer the HW division had ever produced - was tougher than Tunney's, to out-box a swarming puncher. I also think Dempsey was further gone.
This is true.
To be fair to Tunney, he made it look suitably "easier" as well. I mean, he BEAT Dempsey more clearly than Spinks beat Holmes.

To be fair to Spinks (versus Conn), he might well have been able to give Joe Louis a rough time too.

The main thing for me that 'taints' Spinks's win over Holmes (just a bit) is the fact that just 3 months earlier Holmes got battered by a novice heavyweight Carl Truth Williams.
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