Originally Posted by thesandman
Ruddock had more in the tank post Tyson than Chag had post hepatitis.
Ike had already smeared Byrd on the canvas.
Iggy? Just watch him.
And didn't super great Byrd need a highly dodgy decision to get past an old, past it Golota?
Or was it a draw? I forget.
Byrd also deserved to lose against Oquendo. If he had those two deserved losses on his record, I don't think he'd be as highly rated as he is.
I've always considered Byrd to be Wlad's best opponent and I still do, but by a much lesser margin. He was nowhere near a great fighter. He did deserve to lose to both Golota and Oquendo, which would greatly diminish his record if he had actual losses.
I don't think Byrd was as good as fighters like Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Young or Razor Ruddock. He was a level below those guys and probably doesn't belong in the top 50 heavyweights of all time.