Originally Posted by BoxingDomain
Abe Simon, Buddy Baer and Carnera?
Bigger and heavier don't mean much...gotta have the skill behind it, which Wlad does.
Most of JL's opponents weight started with a "1", not a "2".
We are talking about 60-years of sports evolution. 60-years!
Could the NBA teams of 60-years ago compete against the best today?
Could the track stars of 60-years ago compete against the best today?
No and No.
Wladimir is just too big, too strong, and most importantly too talented.
Depends on what perspective you take.....If you take stars from the past, warped them to this time and gave them all the available "advancements" todays athletes have at their disposal, the greats would still be greats. Talent is timeless. Hockey players used to have skates that were like wearing a brick compared to today, used wooden sticks, skated on shitty ice....you tell me Bobby Orr wouldn't be a stud today with todays stuff? Of course he would. Would Mickey Mantle be a stud today with smaller parks, a tighter wound ball and advanced training, nutrition and physio? Damn right he would. Would Ali benefit from all these advancements in training, nutrition, medical treatment, pharmaceuticals? He'd still be damn great, maybe greater. Human beings haven't evolved that much in 60 years. Sports science, nutrition, a deeper pool of talent to draw from, and investment in the athletes? Yes.