Originally Posted by zadfrak
The thing with Tua is he was never matched up with other sluggers, after Ike. He was going to fight Brewster at one time and pulled out. There were guys like Ruddock around. I wanted to see the Tuaman against Tyson back then. He just never had the matchups that would either catapult him to the elite & a few ko's against other sluggers would have sent his stock price soaring.
And Ruddock himself only faced 4 hitters--old Smith. Tyson.Lewis.Morrison. Pulled out of Vitali fight.
Funny how that era's sluggers did not match with other sluggers. You could throw a Mercer in there. Sanders. Morrison, of course. Tyson had become a slugger. Hide. Lots of slugger names but so very few matches. We should be discussing tactical errors or great wins but we never got them. And heavyweight slugger matches do sell and it was not that hard to reach into a pool of names and extract a few and pay them.
Although they were both probably active around the same time, i feel Ruddocks 'era' was early 90s and Tuas 'era' was late 90s