Originally Posted by Xplosive
He was a HOMELESS man's Taylor. Similar style to Meldrick you are correct, but w/o a fraction of Mel's talent.
He was a pretty good fighter and I think he got the most out of what he had. He had above average skills, good handspeed, high workrate, but not much pop and not the best defense. And his chin wasn't exactly great either.
His first fight with Gatti was a classic though. And he schooled Gatti in the rematch.
His fight with Philip Holiday was also a very good fight, and although Ivan was competitive in that fight, Holiday in the end just out worked and out fought him. Still, it was a very good fight.
Then he was favored to beat Manfredy, but surprisingly Angel beat the crap outta him and won every round.
All and all Ivan was good enough to be a fringe contender in most lightweight era's, but he wasn't good enough to beat any quality fighters. That's the difference between he and Taylor. Before Chavez shortened his prime, Taylor was a special fighter.
pretty much just summed it up
i still think gatti won the 1st fight tho