Originally Posted by avk47
Who is Vladimir Nikolaevich and Gennadi Ivanovich? Those are not their last names and my memory is too shit to figure out.
Also, Master of Sports is not equivalent to induction into hall of fame - it's a title you get for winning a certain level (quite specifically defined) of tornament. I think ZMS (Honoured Master of Sports) is the word your're looking for. They give it to guys who've one the olympics, or multiple world championships (don't remember the exact requirement to get this).
Mirosnichenko did turn pro and Maskaev ended his career. Lemeshev could have done more had he had the discipline. He wasted his enormous potential.
Korolev was the highest potential heavy from USSR. He would have been a terrific pro.
Doesnt even know enough so he can copy and paste correctly. The Gennady hes eluding to is Shatkov, very good MW but behind Popenchenko, Lagutin, Ageev for the 50's and 60's MW's imo