Originally Posted by Flea Man
Ray looked for adjustments when **** was flyin'. Unlike in other fights (especially post-Montreal against Kalule and Hearns I) he never did against Duran first time round, and only really got much going when Duran slowed down.
Second round; Duran feints his way in and smacks Ray hard with the left hook. All downhill for 'Sugar' from there on in.
Ray won the second and third fights. When you add that into any equation where a guy wins 2 out of 3 fights, and he won those fights easily you cannot say Duran or anyone who wins a first fight was the better fighter. Humberto Gonzales was knocked out in the first fight with Carbajal, then won the next two by decision. If you want to make a point that Ray somehow found a way to win against Hearns but not Duran. The credit has always been given that Ray pored it on and beat Hearns with the 13 round rally. Emanuel Steward said many times that between the 12th and 13th round Tommy breathed a deep breath and Emanuel knew it was over. That Tommy had no more energy. It was Hearns and Leonard who decided that fight. Yet in the rematch, it was Ray who fought a different style against Duran.