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Old 10-26-2012, 04:23 PM   #25
lora
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Default Re: mark johnson :why is he in the HOF ?

Childish romantic nonsense to suggest everyone was ducking Johnson.

More likely, but less "McCallum\Burley'esque rule of cool" simply that there were a helluva lot of vested interests from various involved parties that make unifications and meaningful fights always difficult in the modern boxing environment.Arguably none more so than the lower-weights until this past decade as they were among the most globally contested.

Plenty of fighters throughout history have suffered from a high risk\low reward scenario, but that will only take you so far.Does anyone really think the prime enduring examples like Burley, Loyd Marshall, Tony Sibson etc would be as highly rated now if all they could sport was a Johnson, Gushiken or Lopez like record.In that sense being able to hold a belt, even if not fighting the best opponents has been heavily beneficial to modern fighters.A nice list of title defences always looks good doesn't it
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