Re: Prime Sven Ottke vs Prime Jermain Taylor
Ottke was past it against Reid. He started sliding after Brewer II. He turned pro with 28 after a very long amateur career where he beat fighters like Byrd, Moorer and many others who were successful in the pro game. Reid is a bad example for an Ottke fight. And while it is en voge to think Ottke had help like he had in the Reid fight all the time. He had not. Thatīs a myth, just like him robbing everybody. this comes from him winning all his close fights due to what I described (and his corner getting told the score cards every few rounds thus enabling them ad******g, beautifully to see in the Mundine fight - that was the real scandalous thing about Ottke).
How would Taylor react to someone who would absolutly school him with his footwork? Ottke was one of the best with his feet of the last 20-30 years. Sure Taylor had the better jab but his footwork was not good, Ottke would continously out-maneuver him, put him off-balance and score with his potshots. Taylor would get in a few licks but Ottke could take it. He would frustrate Taylor like hell. Hopkins was a spoiler against Taylor? Ottke was abetter spoiler than that Hopkins with better stamina and a higher workrate.