Re: Earnie Shavers vs. James Toney
Shavers had 90+ fights (that's a lot).
But when you check whether he is a genuine KO'er or a cherry-picker
If you exclude all opponents who have been KO'ed before
and all opponents who had a loss within 1 year of their encounter with Shavers (a typical thing for cherry-pickers)
it turns out that Shavers
KO'ed only 10 guys (median weight 201 lbs)
of which 8 guys were bums (like ·Young Agabab 0-1, 196 lbs, or ·Steve Carter 15-7, 190 lbs)
and only 2 were somewhat good: ·Howard Smith (17-2, 202 lbs) and ·Tony Perea (KO7) (16-1, 206 lbs).
THAT's Shavers' KO record in a nutshell.
For a guy with 90+ wins this is disappointing.
Shavers also did a lot of head holding and uppercutting / headbutting / low blows
See Joe Bugner fight.