Originally Posted by StiffJab
Mal meninga would have been a beast.
mal had a foreman like jab.....
but firstly, you start some good threads mr coleman....
very hard to judge of who could have been a good smaller fighter amongst the other sports. however, the 2 main football codes give an idea of a least athleticism AND toughness, attitude, agression, workrate, charactor.
by nature of the two sports (NRL AND AFL) most are going to be heavies. in the past, both codes were domminated by white fellas, indigenous players, and later, european migrants. Tommy Raudonikis
was one smaller player that would have been pretty decent. artie beetson wasa gifted athlete.
the AFL blokes have already been mentioned. as with the demographics of AFL, it is largely represented by white fellas and indigenous players. liam jurrah may have been a good fighter also.
NRL these days is domminated by big pacific island players, and most of my choices of who could become a good heavy would come from that group of players, because of their height, srength, and natural athleticism. the ones who tried all had some success. conversely, alex leapai had a cowboys scholarship, and could have been anything in NRL.
however, dave taylor might have been something special. he's a very quick big man, tough, talented, and easily the equal on the field of the big island boys.
as mentioned greg inglis has the raw talent. sam thaiday also perhaps. the NRL is a huge talent pool for boxing. its such a natural cross over that im surprised more arent doing it. these blokes already have the public profile, and the public have already expressed their interest in watching these blokes fight, if only at charity fight level.
its just a pity we dont have more promotors like khoder nasser that can talk em into it, and have the finance to back it.
SBW has been rated as potentially world class already. the confidence shown by taking on botha proves what insiders already know. SBW is a serious talent and has picked it up quickly, like good athletes do.