Originally Posted by JAB5239
Norton had the same problem against others. Jimmy Young and past it Ali did just fine. Lyle made him look amateurish, which he was.
The first Frazier win was legitimately great.
Getting bulldozed twice by Foreman and outboxed by a post-exile Ali lead me rate him lower on the h2h all time scale. I also take physical size into account because I'm not delusional.
I don't remember Byrd being very competitive, but Vitali had a shoulder injury the whole time. As for the rounds thing, Holmes, for one, fought plenty of poor competition and struggled more than Vitali in those fights.
You don't remember Byrd backing Vitaly up and making him miss most of the fight? And the injury was never brought up by Vits corner until the end of the 7th.