Originally Posted by SouthpawJab
.Funny how you talk about Sosa being crude then bring up Barkley.Toney was getting hit in the Barkley fight. Roy was fighting off the ropes well. Spoiling Sosa's right hand and flurrying out. He picked his spots well and smothered Sosa's punches. Fought his fight and was clearly winning with little damage.
Roy was shading away from the left hook on the ropes while he held Sosa's right. His position was just fine. His feet were excellent. He was able to spin off the ropes while still in position to punch.
I brought up Barkley for exactly that reason, both were crude brawlers. Roy did well enough to manage on the inside and find ways out of those situations once he wanted to, but he did his damage at range. I just don't see this as much of a showing of his infighting ability, not that he ever truly needed it with his quick feet. He stayed on the ropes for a while, got out and then started landing at will on Sosa after creating some space.