Re: duran v leonard greatness comparison.
Leonard was brought on superbly.His early career is the blueprint imo on how to bring on a fighter with good backing.
All styles, steadily up the difficulty-a few curve***** like Geraldo etc-then a world title shot after about 4 years.
Make no mistake about it, he was ready for Duran and already a great fighter.Might have improved another slight bit from stuff learned in defeat, but that's it.
Fools like Cosell and his ilk thoroughly exaggerated the "bah gawd he's fighting flat footed!!!" ****e and the simpletons ran with it, not noticing he'd been fighting relatively similarly in good chunks of his fights up until then.
Planting his feet and being aggressive offensively was a big part of Leonard's game and going into the Duran fight as the bigger man he had every right to feel doing that very early in the fight was a good idea to take the play away from the smaller man.