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Old 01-21-2013, 05:51 PM   #100
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Default Re: Jack Dempsey vs James Toney @ 190 Catchweight

Originally Posted by ChrisPontius View Post
Janitor, I know you're a knowledgeable man so I'll ask. Do you honestly believe the above statement? Or was it a spur of the moment thing.

Come on man. Toney wasn't even champion at heavyweight (not counting the brief beltholder period before being stripped for steroids). He didn't need to fight anyone. But Dempsey was champion. And he choose to ignore the clear #1 contender for 7 years straight and fight the loser of title eliminators twice.

So, if you compare Toney not fighting Klitschko to Dempsey not fighting Wills.. well, I'd be disappointed in your inability to distinguish between the key factors that separate these events.
I mean in terms of their overal impact on the era, not their obligations.

My point is that we are comparing a flawed dominant champion, to somebody who was never that close to being the man.
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