Originally Posted by Bollox
It's odd how Vlad despite the inherent weaknesses he's displayed is these days seen as not having those weaknesses. He obviously hasn't fought the high calibre opponents recently, that bring those weaknesses to the fore. Different leagues, Vlad and Lewis
I believe in giving fighters the benefit of the doubt.
Lewis beats Wlad for stylistic and temperament reasons. When a weakness vanishes for 7 years, its more likely that it has been fixed or bandaged, and is no longer a big factor.
Fighters change. I've never met a single fighter who was the same guy he was more then a half a decade prior. Wlad's detractors would saddle him with that, and give Lewis a pass for getting cold****ed worse against McCall then Wlad was against Sanders.
Both had weaknesses, and both improved. Lewis didn't have a Brewster or a Purrity, but he had a Rahman, and Wlad has yet to lose the heavyweight title in a big, one punch knockout to a no hoper.
I think they are closer then people are giving it credit, Lewis' h2h edge or no.
Btw, yes, McCall and Sanders are on about the same level.