Originally Posted by PUG
Collins lost every major fight he had in the US (McCallum/Johnson/Kalambay)
he had to move to UK to become a two weight 'world champion'
(NB: I know Kalambay fight was in Italy, but Collins was still US based at the time)
He won his middleweight 'title' beating lightmiddle Pyatt.
He won his supermiddle 'title' beating a weight drained, shop worn Eubank.
He then looked dire against the likes of Brown/Carr/Seillier.
The WBO 'title' he held had no credibility whatsoever in the US.
A fight with Jones wouldn't have drawn breath in the States as it would have (rightly) been regarded as a mismatch.
Jones wouldn't fight outside of US.
That's why it didn't happen.
For what its worth I think Collins would get dominated by a prime Jones in 97, and that Jones didnt need to beat Collins to prove anything but a few of your points are debatable.
For one the Johnson fight was razor close and could have gone either way. I actually gave it to Collins by a point. Another thing, this excuse for Eubanks loss because he was supposedly 'shopworn' being made. In reality Collins had gone through a career of tough fights and was two years older than him. Just my two cents.