Re: Prime corrie sanders vs vitali
Another story of coulda, shoulda, woulda. Yes Sanders may have performed better if he was in shape but Sanders was never really in shape, his weight always fluctuated a lot over his career.
I don't think any version of Sanders we saw would have ever beat Vitali. Vitali simply had too good a chin to be stopped by the odd hard shot, even from a puncher like Sanders. Sanders would have had to grind him down and he simply never had the stamina of the will to be able to do that.
Sanders gets wildly over rated because of his win over a then very flawed Wlad. He was basically a 3-4 round fighter, very dangerous early but always faded badly. He also had a terrible chin as shown in all his stoppage losses against Tubbs, Rahman, Vitali and Machimana.
Best Sanders could have done in better shape was last a couple more rounds before being stopped.