Originally Posted by Unforgiven
Did he really unify the cw division ? He beat two of the titlists. He didn't fight the IBF champion. He didn't do much to establish himself as the best available challenger for Wlad - I mean, he was not a stand-out challenger in pure fighting terms. He was just the latest in a long line of undistinguished challengers. He established himself as a big payday. He held the WBA title - but so did Valuev, and Ruiz. He was just successor to those old relics. Wlad should have had that WBA belt anyway, since beating Chagaev, but the WBA have some funny rules.
yes jmm unified with Braithwaite and bell. Hate knocked him out and further unified with enzo. He was wholly unified.
He was quite clearly the standout challenger to wlad as anyone following the sport could tell you.