Originally Posted by Lord Tywin
This puzzles me because lesser fighters than Hopkins were able to control the pace and puzzle Tiger using movement.
Hopkins was a better boxer than most of the guys who actually outboxed Tiger. Hopkins was also a better light heavyweight than most if not all of the light heavyweights Tiger fought.
You act as if it was difficult to control the pace against Tiger. Gene proved that wrong. Fullmer couldnt box his way out of a paper bag but the instant he started moving backwards Tiger looked clueless. Tiger was great against guys who came at him. He would chop them up all night long. But when the opponent mixed movement into the equation he gave Tiger problems.
Id be rooting for Tiger but I dont see him winning.
Fullmer gave Webb hassle with the same strategy second time round. His awkwardness may well have been more stifling than it appears seeing him stagger around the ring attempting to outmanoeuvre his man.