Originally Posted by red cobra
I think it would have been great had he did stay at junior welter for a while and did fight these guys. I think he would have beaten them all. Ortiz by a close decision, Locche by an equally close nod, Kenny lane by stoppage and he would have been too much for laguna as well with his superior firepower and skill...he would have beaten Laguna on points decisively.
I'd probably favour him over all those guys in one-off matches as well, but I highly doubt he runs that gauntlet undefeated if he had to face them all. There's some quality fighters in that bunch.
In some ways I think he would have had a better career if he hung around at 135/140 and tried to clean house there.
The quality of fighter in those divisions in the mid to late 60's was a step up from what was available at welterweight during that time imo.