Originally Posted by MagnaNasakki
I'd say yes, but with a caveat:
The dedication would have needed to not just be in his physical conditioning, but on his craft.
The man got hit to much, and didn't fight enough behind his sterling jab. He wouldn't have achieved much more than he did without fixing his style and improving as he got seasoned, instead of declining from all the ass beatings he took.
I never understood why he went into the trenches so often. Was he just so out of shape he was afraid to use his legs? Sure, he looked flashy inside but he got nailed a lot, too. Keeping on the outside with good legs and a jab seemed like a much better way to utilize his natural gifts.