Originally Posted by Seamus
Wlad is a far better operator than Bowe because he has learned how to dictate pace and distance and keep out of the line of fire. Those are far more effective skills than thinking at 6-5 with 82" reach you can trade on the inside every fight. Call that approach skilled it you want. I call if foolhardy... and Bowe's short career bears me out. Wlad learned to fight to his assets, something Bowe did not learn.
Wlad also does some very cute things with a snaking right hand, hooking very hard off the jab, and changing pace on his devastating jab.
The first thing a coach tells you when you are 6-5 is to fight big not small. It's fairly basic.
Riddick Bowe was talented, and had great mechanics.
For being a Futch student, though, his fundamentals and his ring IQ were awful.
Wlad doesn't have the inside game, but he's superior everywhere else. I'd agree. Riddick was incredibly formidable for a couple of years. For the rest of it, not near as much as he gets credit for.