Re: Prime corrie sanders vs vitali
[Povetkinfan] "Vitali did fight prime Corrie!"
No. Not even close.
[RazzAxx] "Sanders never had a prime as boxer."
I'd say from about 1993 to 1997. The Ross Puritty fight was the last time that I saw him exhibit any sort of useful stamina; he was dancing around in the 12th round. But even then he'd started packing on the kilos.
The only thing I'd say the 'old' version of Sanders has over the 'prime' version is perhaps a bit more punching power. He definitely pawed less in the twilight of his career and started to sit down on his punches.
As to how a hypothetical prime vs prime matchup vs Vitali would go, I'd say that Sanders would have done better than he did do in 2004. How much better, who knows. The problem is that Vitali really does have an adamantium beard, and the size and reach to bother anybody. On the other hand Sanders was faster with better stamina in his prime, not to mention better foot movement.
Sander's prime was wasted fighting nobodies, he simply could not get the fights that mattered.