Originally Posted by johnmaff36
Norton was completely finished when he met Cooney whilst his shavers loss was not long after a gallant losing effort to Holmes. Not that im saying he wasnt slipping as fighters 'go' overnight in this game.
Lyle was touching 40 when he fought Cooney, he lost to earnie inbetween the ali and foreman fights when he was clearly still a force as such.
Im not necessarily saying Shavers is a bigger hitter than Cooney or vice-versa, im just puzzled as to your reasoning behind your claim
Ali was also completely finished when he fought, and beat, Shavers. So what good is his testimony?
As for Norton, it was only two fights between Shavers and Cooney, and Norton didn't exactly shine in that time (he got a SD with Cobb for Christ's sake!). You could argue that Norton got old overnight from the Shavers fight, but you can't categorically state it. For all we know Shavers simply happened to get to a diminished Norton first.
You're right though. Norton was completely finished after Cooney got through with him!
BTW, Lyle never lost to Shavers.